2011 Lomé, Togo
The Journey Begins: Lome, Togo, West Africa
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 »
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 »
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 »
On the move
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 »
Surgery Day One
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 »
We’re Grandparents !!
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 »
It’s December !
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 »
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 »
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 »
Out and About
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 »
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 »
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 »
Thank You from 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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