Nov 3, 2021

First Mission With Casa Azul

After 18 months of Covid restrictions, Rotaplast returns, cautiously, to international service work. On Wednesday, November 3rd, a carefully selected, fully vaccinated team, joined up at the Dallas-Fort Wo... Read More »

Nov 3, 2021

Casa Azul – Day 1

After meeting in Dallas / Fort Worth, the team traveled to Monterrey, arrived in the evening, and were met by Dr. Elizondo and two local medical students.  After securing a rental van for transportation, ... Read More »

Nov 4, 2021

Day 2 – First Day of Surgery

The team enjoyed a good Mexican breakfast before walking to the hospital, which was located a convenient block and a half away from the hotel. Arriving a hospital, the team met other Casa Azul volunteers, ... Read More »

Nov 5, 2021

Day 3 – Second Day of Surgery

The team performed several cleft palate surgeries.  Due to the limited size of the team, as well as that of the local nursing staff, scrub technicians were substituted by mostly local medical students.  ... Read More »

Nov 6, 2021

Day 4 – Third Day of Surgery

After breakfast the team trekked down the hill to the hospital for another day of surgery.  By now everyone was familiar with the local partners and things were really clicking.  Though the mission was m... Read More »

Nov 7, 2021

Day 5 – Last Day of Surgery

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 »

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 »

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