2016 Cumana, Venezuela
Pre Clinic Day
The children and their families were ready and waiting when we arrived. Every child receives a careful exam before they are cleared for surgery. Dr. Jesperson is examining this young boy. Some patients are... Read More »
Where Smiles Are Made
How do you go from cleft to smile? First stop is the Operating room. Add a highly skilled medical team. Now you have the team that can make the magic happen. When he awakens, it will be to a new Read More »
Day 3 – Yaismar
Yaismar’s mother brought her daughter to Cumana when she first heard there was a Rotaplast mission in Cumana. Yaismar was born with a very large gap in the roof of her mouth. A cleft palate is a gap in t... Read More »
Day 4 – “What a Difference a Day Makes”
In this composite photo you are looking in the doors of each of our three operating rooms as they work on three patients at the same time. To date we have completed over 55 surgeries on patients. Our host... Read More »
Day 5 – More Smiles More Friends
Samuel is a boy that was here three years ago, and I remember him well. He has a ready smile, a quick handshake, and he likes to tell stories. My favorite is his 101 girlfriends. I can see why he Read More »
Why We Volunteer
When I share the Rotaplast story back home invariably I am asked if it is hard to find doctors and nurses for a mission. It is an amazing commitment of their skills and time yet on mission after mission th... Read More »
Last Day of Surgery
Mission time is measured in days of surgery, and we have only seven days of surgery to accomplish our mission. Every day is important, but even more important is the safety of every child. Our team is focu... Read More »
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Day 10 – The last f...
The last full day of surgery is a great success. Many patients have been operated on today with complex burns. The total will be 58 patients with 92 procedures/surgery at the end of the mission. This morni... Read More »
Day 9 – a puzzle ev...
Sometimes it is difficult to schedule the operations here in Firozabad. Not because there are no registrations (despite the fact that there may also be some more), but mainly because there are ‘no sh... Read More »