2023 Luxor, Egypt

Oct 23, 2023

On their way to Luxor!

Luxor, Egypt

Look at these happy faces….eager to Save Smiles and Change Lives! This was the scene at San Francisco airport last evening as the team started the first leg of their 2-day trek to Luxor. There for the se... Read More »

Oct 23, 2023

To Luxor, With Quilts

Luxor, Egypt

The medical boxes have been packed, ready to accompany the Rotaplast team as they fly through the night tonight, from San Francisco to New York City, and then on to Egypt. Among those boxes will be enough ... Read More »

Oct 25, 2023

Preclinical screenings begin

Luxor, Egypt

Rotaplast missions would never occur without local support from the communities being served. For the Luxor mission, we are so fortunate to have Dr. Mamdouh Hassan, a surgeon based in Cairo, leading the ef... Read More »

Oct 26, 2023

The Missing Photos

Luxor, Egypt

Yesterday’s photos seem to have evaporated in cyberspace! But pictures tell the story so here we go…. Pictured above is the Rotaplast Team in front of El Odaisat Children’s Hospital, Luxo... Read More »

Oct 28, 2023

First 3 days of surgery

Luxor, Egypt

Surgeons Dr. Capozzi, Dr. Costanzo, Dr. Simonds, Dr. Hassan We’re finally doing what we came to do! Many successful surgeries…some were simple cleft lips, others involved more complex surgery inside th... Read More »

Oct 31, 2023

Meet Ahmed: Our Champion of Kindness

Luxor, Egypt

Pictured above: Ahmed at pre op. He just received his Wrap-A-Smile quilt, made by quilters in the U.S. to wish him good luck with his surgery. This young man melted our hearts. Taking you through his story... Read More »

Nov 2, 2023

Introducing Shelby

Luxor, Egypt

Pictured above: Patient thrilled to have her scarred hand modified for better function. Shelby also offered guidance for her prosthetic left foot, the foot being previously amputated after burn injury. Not... Read More »

Nov 6, 2023

A lesson in grace

Luxor, Egypt

All our patients were special, but one in particular will stay in my heart for the rest of my life. A beautiful 20-year-old young lady came to us hoping for a revision of her burn-related surgeries. She ha... Read More »

Nov 6, 2023

Milestones

Luxor, Egypt

Milestones…..and bringing on new energy. The Luxor mission was #257 for Rotaplast, #84 for mission co-founder Dr. Angelo Capozzi, and the very first for Surgeon Dr. Chris Costanzo, Surgeon Dr. Simon Chum... Read More »

Nov 7, 2023

We made a difference

Luxor, Egypt

Safely home and time for reflection. Lives changed, hopes restored. Faces and stories we will never forget. A team that worked together incredibly well. Our welcoming hosts. New friends among our Egyptian ... Read More »

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