2018 Apartado, Colombia

Jul 5, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – A Long Travel Day

Apartado, Colombia

To travel with a group, even a well-behaved one like ours, one must expect a lot of ‘hurry up and wait’. Traveling is like that regardless, but when a leader is herding a group, hoping not to lose one,... Read More »

Jul 6, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day One – Clinic Day

Apartado, Colombia

Up and at it, and on the bus by 7:00 am, we are off to meet our patients. We’re only about 2 miles from the hospital. Wow, its a beautiful, new facility! We were greeted by 60 patients and their Read More »

Jul 6, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Two – First Day of Surgery

Apartado, Colombia

This is a new site for Rotaplast, and though it’s a beautiful new hospital, there were expected and unexpected challenges but nothing the application of creativity and determination couldn’t fix. T... Read More »

Jul 7, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Three – We’ve Got Our Rhythm

Apartado, Colombia

We greeted each other with Happy Fourth of July first thing this morning. Calmness and order characterized most the day. We seem to have our rhythm now. Each day we get more organized and comfortable at th... Read More »

Jul 7, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Four – Another Day at the Office

Apartado, Colombia

Things have started out well today. Everyone is humming through their jobs. Surgery started on time and the whole team knew exactly what to do. Nathan Cobert, the Quartermaster, is our featured Team Member... Read More »

Jul 8, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Five – Hola From Colombia

Apartado, Colombia

Hola! Today we accomplished eight surgeries. Most of our patients are older children or young adults and several are having secondary surgeries. Several young women who work for a government agency went ou... Read More »

Jul 10, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Six – This is Just How We Roll

Apartado, Colombia

Hello! Above you will see some of the OR crew. From left to right are Marilyn Santiago, veteran OR Nurse; Leidy, Scrub Nurse from Colombia; Natalia Cardona, DDS; Dr. Jorge Cardona, Dental Surgeon; and Dr. ... Read More »

Jul 13, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Seven – Final Day of Surgeries

Apartado, Colombia

It was another great day here! It was our last day of surgery. How the time has flown! The surgeons accomplished 8 surgeries today! A total of 59 surgeries have been completed, and multiple speech patholog... Read More »

Jul 15, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Eight – Post-Op Clinic

Apartado, Colombia

This is possibly the best day of all! The medical team had encouraged all patients to return to the hospital for a post-op appointment, and the majority came back. The surgeons took a look at their healing... Read More »

Jul 16, 2018

Apartado, Colombia 2018 – Day Nine – A Wild Travel Day

Apartado, Colombia

Hello! Sad but looking forward to moving on, we had a little time to sleep in this morning, check out, and wind up any outstanding details. After the group photo above, we headed for the airport. We said a... Read More »

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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 »