Posts from 2011

May 28, 2011

Day 10: Clinic

Chittagong, Bangladesh

We have now wrapped up our mission here in Bangladesh. A rewarding and enriching trip. We have made so many new friends. And have changed 108 lives. There is no way we can thank enough the members of the R... Read More »

May 26, 2011

Day 9: Sixth day of surgery for cleft lip

Chittagong, Bangladesh

I first noticed Halnu Marma and Unumo on our first day of Clinic. They had a different look than most of our other patients and wondered about their story. I didn’t get a chance to speak to Halnu unt... Read More »

May 25, 2011

Day 8: 5th day of Surgery

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Sabrina’s father wants us to know that he is very happy that he is able to get help for his daughter. He learned of Rotaplast through a friend that lives near Nuture Hospital. I asked Sabrina’s... Read More »

May 24, 2011

Day 7

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Today the team had an adventure and took a bus ride to Cox’s Bazar, the pride of Bangladesh, the beach. The group splintered off and spent some time exploring and shopping in the area. It was an inte... Read More »

May 23, 2011

Day 6: 4th day of Surgery

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Rohomet’s family saw a poster in their village about Rotaplast’s visit to Nurture hospital. His family did not know that Rohomet’s cleft lip could be cured. So it was decided that Rohomet... Read More »

May 22, 2011

Day 5: 3rd day of Surgery

Chittagong, Bangladesh

Nurture hospital which is in the countryside, is about a 30 minute drive from our hotel with no traffic, first thing in the morning. Bangladesh’s countryside is equivalently as overpopulated as her c... Read More »

May 21, 2011

Day 4: 2nd day of Surgery

Chittagong, Bangladesh

I met the families of baby Popy and Taslim with the help of our local Chittagong Rotaract volunteer, Moinul. The families had traveled 12 hours from Hatia, a coastal town, by steamer boat to arrive at the ... Read More »

May 20, 2011

Day 3: 1st day of Surgery

Chittagong, Bangladesh

According to Mission Director Evelyn Abad, “At the end of the first day of surgery we were very gratified that it went really beautifully after all the challenges of a new site. We worked them out an... Read More »

May 19, 2011

Day 2: Pre-Clinic

Chittagong, Bangladesh

After an evening with our new Rotarian friends we were able to get a much needed night of sleep. Some of us though, were awakened to a grand thunderstorm, this is the start of pre-monsoon season in Banglad... Read More »

May 19, 2011

Day 1: Arrival

Chittagong, Bangladesh

How exciting to be part of this Chittagong team, the first to visit Bangladesh. And so humbling to have this opportunity to work with this group of Rotaplast team members with so much experience and talent... Read More »

May 12, 2010

Tenth day – Clinic

Tacna, Peru

Our last day, clinic day, the day when our patients come for their follow up visit before our departure. The time when we are able the see the results of the 81 surgeries performed these past days. And las... Read More »

May 6, 2010

Ninth day – Surgery – The Earthquake the Night Before

Tacna, Peru

We started our day with “the Jaguars”, little Andy and Margoth Escamilla and Recovery Room Nurse from Levittown, New York, also named Margoth. She is always seen with a beaming smile and positi... Read More »

May 5, 2010

Eighth day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Among the 10 doctors on the Tacna team are two who grew up together in Ahmedabad, Gujarat (near Mumbai), India. Falguni Patel, anesthesiologist, and Divya Joshi, pediatrician, have been friends for 30 year... Read More »

May 4, 2010

Seventh day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Maria (R) spent the night waiting for surgery for her congentially malformed ear. She met Agueda (L) when we moved her from a stuffy, isolated room where she had been recuperating from a skin graft, for 5 ... Read More »

May 3, 2010

Sixth day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Fernando charmed us with his gentle nature. He told Dr. Farnworth he already had lots of toys, but that his mother had bought him a special new one for after his surgery. Dr. Farnworth performed an operati... Read More »

May 1, 2010

Fifth day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Percy Jesus came to us on clinic day with a burn scar on his neck. He had traveled with his family from the mountain city of Ariquipa, 8 hours from Tacna. His surgery was initially scheduled for the next d... Read More »

Apr 30, 2010

Fourth day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Jean Pierre, a little cutie, came in today for hand surgery.   He certainly kept us entertained with his charisma. Dr. Doumit and Dr. Walchak performed our only primary lip surgery on Jhon Bradley.  He w... Read More »

Apr 30, 2010

Third day – Surgery

Tacna, Peru

Dr. Hugo Sanchez, head of Tacna Hospital, said that Rotaplast is engraved in his heart. With the help and coordination of the local Rotary Club of Tacna on our first day of surgery we were off and running.... Read More »

Apr 28, 2010

Clinic Day – our second

Tacna, Peru

Clinic day, the day before our first surgeries, the day we screen potential patients for surgery the day of organized chaos. This is when those with the mission experience take charge and it shows.  To an... Read More »

Apr 28, 2010

Our First Day

Tacna, Peru

Ken Funk, our mission director proclaimed upon our arrival in Tacna that this had to be one of his smoothest trips and check-ins in his career as Mission Director with Rotaplast.  With six stints as Missi... Read More »


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