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Jul 23, 2022

The Roger Schulte “100 Sonrisas” Rotaplast 2022 Mission to Colombia

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This Rotaplast mission is dedicated to the great humanitarian, Roger Schulte who passed away on Monday, July 18 after his courageous battle with ALS ended.  This member of the Rotary Club of Upland, California had a passion for the mission

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 assisting them on the mission.  In total, 36

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 anesthesiologist sits idly behind the surgeon, seemingly playing

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 much slower paced than what is

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.  In addition to Loubette, who was previous

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, along with the hospital medical

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, the team traveled into the city

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 Worth International Airport, and proceeded to Monterrey, Mexico for a brief five-day

Aug 18, 2020

Letter from the Rotaplast Founders

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A Letter to the Rotaplast Family – When we started planning for a Rotaplast mission nearly thirty years ago, as a World Community Service Project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, we never thought our dream would be so


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Aug 6, 2022

Day 11- Farewells

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As we finished with the last patients and were packing up boxes, we were surprised when a luncheon was set up for us.  We were under the impression that this was cancelled due to COVID.  Unfortunately, n... Read More »

Aug 5, 2022

Day 11- The after effects

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This is our last day here (Thursday, August 4).  There will be no surgeries today.  Patients that were staying locally were asked to come back today for a final check of their surgical sites.  For some,... Read More »