2018 Cebu City, Philippines

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 »

Sep 7, 2018

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Day 4

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Our Rotaplast International mission consists of a medical team with deep credentials. Surgeons: Medical Director/Surgeon, David Low, Surgeon, Milton Solis, Surgeon, David Morwood, Surgeon Anesthesiologis... Read More »

Oct 2, 2018

2018 Cebu City, Philippines Mission has Arrived

Cebu City, Philippines

A tired yet enthusiastic Rotaplast team arrived at the Cebu City airport.  We were greeted by Cebu Port Center Rotary Club President, Rodien Enanoza Paca and more than 20 members of the Cebu Port Center R... Read More »

Oct 3, 2018

Opening Clinic

Cebu City, Philippines

The team entered the Miller Health Institute Adventist Hospital ready to set up opening clinic shortly after 7:00 am.  We were greeted by Rotarians from the Cebu Port Center Rotary Club along with another... Read More »

Oct 3, 2018

Surgical Day One

Cebu City, Philippines

This morning began at the hospital with a trip to the 5th floor gymnasium that was transformed over night into the pre-op and post-op wards by hospital staff and volunteers.  Hospital staff processed all ... Read More »

Oct 4, 2018

Meet Wilson and Nina

Cebu City, Philippines

Wilson is an exuberant happy 5 year old child always ready with a smile.  Yesterday, he was one of the first children who noticed my camera and posed for a picture several times. Wilson is old enough to b... Read More »

Oct 5, 2018

Surgical Day Two

Cebu City, Philippines

Fans whirl and dot the gymnasium, known to us as the pre-op and post op wards.  It’s 7:00 am and humidity hangs in the air.  Babies and children from yesterday’s surgery wait for Rotaplast do... Read More »

Oct 6, 2018

Surgical Day Three

Cebu City, Philippines

8 month old Julie is in happy spirits despite the heat and her hunger as she sits with her parents Jose and Jelyn.  She is the youngest of four siblings and the only one in her family born with a Read More »

Oct 6, 2018

Meet Brothers John and Jade

Cebu City, Philippines

John, aged 4 and Jade, age 7 are two of 8 siblings.  They were both born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. The year Jade was born, his dad, Jeber saw an advertisement on TV for Rotaplast.  The family Read More »

Oct 7, 2018

Surgical Day Four

Cebu City, Philippines

Flexibility has been the key word these past two days.  Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are down two team members.  Instantly, assignments are juggled around. The team rallies together switching gear... Read More »

Oct 7, 2018

Meet 16 year old Eunil

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Eunil , 16 attends school.  At closing ceremonies in March a women he did not know approached him to tell him help exists in Cebu City for his cleft.   Abounding Love was at his home within days to conn... Read More »

Oct 8, 2018

Margarata’s Family

Cebu City, Philippines

Jesus’ mother Margarata is deaf.  She and her family are homeless and live in a Jeepney which is a small transport bus in Camp Marina Barangay Opra.  They traveled by motorcycle and two Jeepneys to get... Read More »

Oct 8, 2018

Surgical Day Five – Morning

Cebu City, Philippines

The post-op ward was particularly crowded today because palate surgery patients stay two nights. Most surgeries for the past two days have been hard and soft palate repairs.Dr. Brad Coots examines a post-o... Read More »

Oct 8, 2018

Children cleared for Surgery

Cebu City, Philippines

Cres, age 3 exhibits lots of energy despite the fact he has been NPO since last night.  He runs from his cot to the play area to grab a pack of crayons. Pediatrician Dr. Liz Hawkes examines Cres in order... Read More »

Oct 9, 2018

Walk in Registrations

Cebu City, Philippines

Earlier in the week, we set up a mini-clinic in the records room to process walk-in patients seeking Rotaplast’s help.  Three year old Koby enjoys getting on and off the scale to be weighed.Families... Read More »

Oct 9, 2018

Scenes From the OR from day 1 – 5

Cebu City, Philippines

Two operating tables occupy one room.  Here, surgeons Rod Simonds, MD and Hootan Daneshmand, MD operate.  They are assisted by local scrub nurses.  Rotaplast nurse Lucille Pinlac, RN and Victoria Slama ... Read More »

Oct 9, 2018

Surgical Day Six

Cebu City, Philippines

Koby, 3 years old walked in yesterday with his parents. I visit him this morning in the ward.  This happy little guy cheerfully plays matchbox cars with Rowen, also 3 years old.Together they are transport... Read More »

Oct 10, 2018

Meet Blessy

Cebu City, Philippines

Fourteen  year old Blessy Marie is a beautiful girl.  She attends school and wants to become a teacher.  That’s why she wants the surgery.  Blessy’s speech is nasal due to a cleft soft palate.  Th... Read More »

Oct 10, 2018

Surgical Day Seven

Cebu City, Philippines

Fifteen patients, primarily babies with cleft lips, are scheduled today; our final day of surgery.  John Nino, 8 months old was in the operating room shortly after 7:00 am this morning. By 9:00 am, John N... Read More »

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