Posts from 2019

Apr 6, 2019

Shukraan Jazilaan (Thank you very much)

Luxor, Egypt

The greatest gift we can give is thanksgiving.  In giving gifts, we give what we can spare, but in giving thanks, we give ourselves. Brother David Steindl-Rast We are grateful to so many for the success o... Read More »

Apr 6, 2019

Closing Clinic

Luxor, Egypt

As we prepare for Closing Clinic, we are filled with the anticipation of seeing patients again, and the sadness of saying goodbye to them.  Many patients returned, some for dressing changes, but many just... Read More »

Apr 6, 2019

Our Team (Part Three)

Luxor, Egypt

We are very fortunate to have members of the Medical Convoys Committee of Rotary of Egypt, Cairo South, District 2451 on our team.  They’ve helped to sponsor our mission, and members are present daily a... Read More »

Apr 3, 2019

Before We Meet The Rest Of The Team…

Luxor, Egypt

While we were meeting the medical part of our team, surgeries continued. Above, we see Sayed with his dad before surgery. Sayed after surgery.  His cleft lip has been repaired.  The surgeon placed a smal... Read More »

Apr 2, 2019

Our Team (Part Two)

Luxor, Egypt

Our Medical Team could not function without the support of a dedicated group of non-medical volunteers.  It takes each one of us for everything to run like a well-oiled machine, and we have accomplished t... Read More »

Mar 28, 2019

Our Team (Part One)

Luxor, Egypt

We make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give. ~  Winston Churchill What is a team?  Individuals working together for a common cause, together for the good of the mission, functioning... Read More »

Mar 21, 2019

This Is Why We Have Come

Luxor, Egypt

This is why we have come.  Today, we begin to forever change the lives of our patients, as well as those of their family and community.  We will see 13 patients, a good number for the first day.  There ... Read More »

Mar 19, 2019

Our Screening Clinic Begins

Luxor, Egypt

Patients gather outside waiting for our screening clinic to begin. We were overjoyed Wednesday morning to find that all our boxes had arrived to the hospital!  Neal Fleming, Lead Anesthesiologist and Ted ... Read More »

Mar 15, 2019

Our Journey to Luxor, Egypt

Luxor, Egypt

We’ve had quite the journey since leaving San Francisco International Airport Sunday afternoon with 21 team members and 30 boxes of medical supplies headed for Luxor, Egypt. Each volunteer checks in one ... Read More »

Dec 15, 2017

Day Eleven — Namaste

Agra, India

Namaste — A Sanskrit greeting used everyday in India, an ancient Hindustani word open to interpretation One such meaning is:  I honor the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells, I honor th... Read More »

Dec 8, 2017

Day Ten — Leela

Agra, India

Leela has been on more Rotaplast missions than some of our volunteers, only she has been our patient, twice in Faridabad in 2015 and 2016, and this year in Agra.  The above photo was taken last week. Thes... Read More »

Dec 8, 2017

Day Nine — More Surgeries

Agra, India

Shaurya after a revision of his cleft lip repair, releasing scar tissue to allow for proper lip function and a better smile. Khushi and her mom are in the PACU before her surgery to release facial burn sca... Read More »

Dec 6, 2017

Day Eight — Team Work

Agra, India

Daksh’s initial cleft lip repair needed improvement.  He is hanging out in the PACU before surgery with some new friends:  Michael Lim (Anesthesiologist), Jeannie Petro (PACU Nurse), Lianna Hooper ... Read More »

Dec 5, 2017

Day Seven — The Next Generation

Agra, IndiaAgra, India

Sophie Saucedo (Patient Transporter) and Chelsa Green (Recreation Therapist) have teamed up to cover a third position of Ward Coordinator, keeping track of our patients in the hospital from check-in throug... Read More »

Dec 5, 2017

Day Six — Our Third OR Day

Agra, IndiaAgra, India

Pankuri (left) and Daksh (right) with their mom.  These siblings were born with extra fingers and toes, which were surgically removed. Daksh’s hands before surgery. Tanuja before surgery with the be... Read More »

Dec 3, 2017

Day Five — The Smallest Thing

Agra, India

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.       Read More »

Dec 1, 2017

Day Four — This is Why We Have Come

Agra, India

Today, we performed our first surgeries.  Shahid had a simple cleft lip, repaired by a short surgery of about 30 minutes that is life changing.  People with cleft lips sometimes lead very sheltered lives... Read More »

Nov 29, 2017

Day Three — Opening Day Clinic

Agra, India

Team Agra 2017:  Bottom row:  Pam Dundas (Head Nurse), Dennis Dundas (Medical Director), Brian Walker (Mission Director), Chelsea Green (Recreation Therapist), Sophie Saucedo (Patient Transporter).  Mid... Read More »

Nov 27, 2017

Days One & Two – SFO to Agra

Agra, India

Paul Kupras (quartermaster), Neal Fleming (lead anesthesiologist) and Michael  Yim (anesthesiologist) unload boxes of medical supplies for our mission to Agra, India. Seventeen medical and non-medical vol... Read More »


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