2011 Lomé, Togo

Nov 23, 2011

The Journey Begins: Lome, Togo, West Africa

Lomé, Togo

  As I write this first blog entry I find myself both anxious and excited by what lies ahead. Anxious to get started, and excited to be a part of the 24-member team whom I’ll soon meet. This is Rot... Read More »

Nov 28, 2011

Travel Day(s)

Lomé, Togo

We started our 30-hour trek the day after Thanksgiving, eager to share our time and the talents we have been given.  The team came together in Paris where old friendships were rekindled and new frien... Read More »

Nov 28, 2011

Clinic

Lomé, Togo

Babies, children and a few adults arrived to be examined at the first clinic check-in.  Besides cleft lips and cleft palates, we will be treating burns for a 6-month old boy who had fallen into the f... Read More »

Nov 28, 2011

On the move

Lomé, Togo

Sunday morning found us touring the hospital under the guidance of Sister Simona, the hospital's medical manager, who is also a general surgeon from Milan. The hospital looks to be adequate for o... Read More »

Nov 29, 2011

Surgery Day One

Lomé, Togo

What a difference a day makes!  After long travel and weeks of preparation, both at home and in Togo, we could finally begin treatment. Team Briefing Prior to first surgery Our plastic surgeons are t... Read More »

Dec 1, 2011

We’re Grandparents !!

Lomé, Togo

The morning started off with a surprise gift in the hallway outside our Operating Rooms.  A young woman was on the way to another OR for a C-section, but just couldn’t wait. She delivered a b... Read More »

Dec 3, 2011

It’s December !

Lomé, Togo

The seven Rotarians from Maine can’t believe how it’s 88 degrees on December 1st, considering that we have already had snow in October this year.  But we’ll take it! More activity all day.... Read More »

Dec 6, 2011

Teamship

Lomé, Togo

No, it’s not a real word, but it should be.  Watching this Rotaplast team in action is impressive.  The job could not be done without the entire team working in unison, and every person... Read More »

Dec 6, 2011

Transforming!

Lomé, Togo

In every way, this mission has been a dynamic process.  Every day there is someone new to see whom we will help in ways that will truly change their lives.  A special story is about... Read More »

Dec 6, 2011

Out and About

Lomé, Togo

I thought I would show a few pictures of the hospital and the areas we have visited.  If a picture says a thousand words, then with these 6, I’m saving you from a 6000-word tome from me today…... Read More »

Dec 12, 2011

Post Clinic

Lomé, Togo

Our final clinic day arrived.  Surgeon Sister Simona Villa is pictured below with our doctors and nurses doing rounds in the pediatric ward.  It was our final opportunity to evaluate the ... Read More »

Dec 12, 2011

Mission Complete

Lomé, Togo

And now it is time to say thank you and goodbye.  We hosted a small thank you gathering for Sister Simona and her staff.  Everyone in the hospital who had worked with us was given a certi... Read More »

Dec 14, 2011

Thank You from Togo

Lomé, Togo

From our translator and friend, Brandon, in Afagnan, Togo: "Hi everybody, I hope all of you travelled well with a good souvenir of your mission time at Afagnan. And I think you enjoy helping people fr... Read More »

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