2018 Naypyitaw, Myanmar
Day 1 – Thinking outside of boxes
There are no words to describe a mother’s anguish knowing her child is born with a birth defect like a cleft lip and/or palate. Although it is more common in developing countries, these young mothers... Read More »
Day 2 and 3 – A picture worth a thousand words
After a 30 hour journey from San Francisco, the team enjoyed a quiet evening of Myanmar cuisine, team bonding and jet lag recovery. Day 2 started with the entire Rotaplast team, including local medical sta... Read More »
Day 4 – Transformers
The day the team has been waiting for, the first surgical day. We arrive at the hospital early to ensure both operating rooms are set up and medical supplies are properly stored for easy access. Following ... Read More »
Day 5 – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
A surgical team is made up of at least a surgeon, an anesthesiologist and a scrub and circulating nurse. A cleft lip surgery usually spans about 45 minutes and a palate about 90 minutes. A typical ... Read More »
Day 6 – Time
Warning: this article includes graphic images some readers may find disturbing. “Time is the most valuable thing that a man can spend.” – Diogenes Laërtius We are here as volunteers, giving... Read More »
Day 7 – The shoe that grows
Many of the volunteers on the mission belong to other non-profit organizations. Diana, our medical records keeper, introduced us, and the kids of the mission, to The Shoe that Grows https://theshoethat... Read More »
Day 8 – Happy New Year and Happy Birthday
The start of a new year brings new beginnings and a hope for better things to come. Sometimes, it’s a blessing because we may have suffered loss throughout the year and want for a fresh start. And so... Read More »
Day 9 – Never Never Land
Netherlands Rotary is a major sponsor of this mission. Not only did they provide the mission with financial support, they provided the mission with volunteer support with Marianne Koebrugge, Marie-Jose d... Read More »
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Day 10 – The last f...
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Day 9 – a puzzle ev...
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