2017 Agra, India

Nov 27, 2017

Days One & Two – SFO to Agra

Agra, India

Paul Kupras (quartermaster), Neal Fleming (lead anesthesiologist) and Michael  Yim (anesthesiologist) unload boxes of medical supplies for our mission to Agra, India. Seventeen medical and non-medical vol... Read More »

Nov 29, 2017

Day Three — Opening Day Clinic

Agra, India

Team Agra 2017:  Bottom row:  Pam Dundas (Head Nurse), Dennis Dundas (Medical Director), Brian Walker (Mission Director), Chelsea Green (Recreation Therapist), Sophie Saucedo (Patient Transporter).  Mid... Read More »

Dec 1, 2017

Day Four — This is Why We Have Come

Agra, India

Today, we performed our first surgeries.  Shahid had a simple cleft lip, repaired by a short surgery of about 30 minutes that is life changing.  People with cleft lips sometimes lead very sheltered lives... Read More »

Dec 3, 2017

Day Five — The Smallest Thing

Agra, India

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.       Read More »

Dec 5, 2017

Day Six — Our Third OR Day

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Pankuri (left) and Daksh (right) with their mom.  These siblings were born with extra fingers and toes, which were surgically removed. Daksh’s hands before surgery. Tanuja before surgery with the be... Read More »

Dec 5, 2017

Day Seven — The Next Generation

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Sophie Saucedo (Patient Transporter) and Chelsa Green (Recreation Therapist) have teamed up to cover a third position of Ward Coordinator, keeping track of our patients in the hospital from check-in throug... Read More »

Dec 6, 2017

Day Eight — Team Work

Agra, India

Daksh’s initial cleft lip repair needed improvement.  He is hanging out in the PACU before surgery with some new friends:  Michael Lim (Anesthesiologist), Jeannie Petro (PACU Nurse), Lianna Hooper ... Read More »

Dec 8, 2017

Day Nine — More Surgeries

Agra, India

Shaurya after a revision of his cleft lip repair, releasing scar tissue to allow for proper lip function and a better smile. Khushi and her mom are in the PACU before her surgery to release facial burn sca... Read More »

Dec 8, 2017

Day Ten — Leela

Agra, India

Leela has been on more Rotaplast missions than some of our volunteers, only she has been our patient, twice in Faridabad in 2015 and 2016, and this year in Agra.  The above photo was taken last week. Thes... Read More »

Dec 15, 2017

Day Eleven — Namaste

Agra, India

Namaste — A Sanskrit greeting used everyday in India, an ancient Hindustani word open to interpretation One such meaning is:  I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor th... Read More »

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Nov 8, 2021

Day 6 – Going Home

After breakfast, several team members met with Dr. Elizondo to discuss the mission and future opportunities for Rotaplast to work with them.  He expressed thanks to the Rotaplast team for coming and assis... Read More »

Nov 7, 2021

Day 5 – Last Day of...

Several more surgeries were performed on this last day. Perhaps one of the most under-rated, yet most valuable aspects of surgery is that of anesthesia.  On television and in the movies, the anesthesiolog... Read More »