Posts from 2024

Feb 6, 2024

Home sweet home

Sylhet, Bangladesh

I’m writing this from my house now.  After a little over thirty hours travel time, from Sylhet to Dhaka, Dhaka to Dubai, Dubai to Athens, and then Athens to Newark, with layovers, security checkpoin... Read More »

Feb 6, 2024

The last day

Sylhet, Bangladesh

The last day at the hospital is a clinic day, where the patients who have had procedures come back and get checked out by the doctors to see how their healing is progressing. To see the differences in the ... Read More »

Feb 2, 2024

Rotary Club of Jalalabad knows how to party…

Sylhet, Bangladesh

The Rotaplast mission team was honored by the Rotary Club of Jalalabad, with all the pomp and circumstance of the Academy awards. Many speeches were made, and presentations given, most notably honoring the... Read More »

Feb 2, 2024

“Rotaplast has made my child and our lives beautiful again…”

Sylhet, Bangladesh

When Shah Md Masum first heard about Rotaplast online a couple of years ago in Dhaka, he was very excited but also anxious. He knew the surgery would change his child’s life, but he also knew there were ... Read More »

Jan 28, 2024

More than just cleft lip and palate surgery

Sylhet, Bangladesh

While cleft lip and palate surgeries are the focus of Rotaplast, we also provide other services for patients to improve their lives. You already know we treat burn victims as well as cleft lip and palate s... Read More »

Jan 28, 2024

Volunteer spotlight – Dr. Rene Vreuls, Lead Pediatrician

Sylhet, Bangladesh

Our lead pediatrician has been doing this for some time and we’re lucky to have him. Dr. Vruels graduated from the Erasmus University and Rotterdam Medical School.  Dr. Vreuls is from the Netherland... Read More »

Jan 28, 2024

Warming hearts (and bodies) from halfway around the world

Sylhet, Bangladesh

Another part of the process of patients being cared for is the beautiful handmade quilts provided by several volunteer organizations. These quilts are given to the patients before surgery, stay with them t... Read More »

Jan 26, 2024

The Sterilizers

Sylhet, Bangladesh

One of if not the most important jobs when doing a mission to provide cost free surgery to children who wouldn’t have had it is making sure the surgeons are provided with sterilized equipment. On a R... Read More »

Jan 25, 2024

Getting down to business

Sylhet, Bangladesh

Day one of surgeries is always exciting – finally getting to do what the mission is all about is what everyone wants. It’s like waiting all season for your team to get to the big game and now i... Read More »

Jan 23, 2024

Sylhet Bangladesh 2024

Sylhet, Bangladesh

Before I say anything about the details of this amazing, life changing trip, a big thank you needs to go out to our incredible sponsors, without whom these missions would not be possible. A special thank y... Read More »

Dec 18, 2023

Rotary Partners in Action

Nagamangala, India

Our surgical trip to Nagamangala reunited Rotaplast with our longstanding partner – Rotary Bangalore North and District 3192. Rotary Bangalore North is one of the oldest Rotary clubs in India. Rotary Ban... Read More »

Dec 13, 2023

Lakshmi – Goddess of Fortune, Wealth, Love, Prosperity, Joy, and Beauty

Nagamangala, India

Pictured above: Lakshmi and her family with Rotaplast head nurse Sharron Newton during pre-clinic. Lakshmi and her family attended the pre-clinic to determine whether or not she was a good candidate for cl... Read More »

Nov 27, 2023

Rotaplast Arrives in Nagamangala for the 2023 Surgical Clinic

Nagamangala, India

Pictured above the Rotaplast 2023 Nagamangala team and Rotary Bangalore North After 16 hours of flights and a two-hour bus ride, the Rotaplast team made it safely to Adichunchanagiri Hospital and Research ... 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 »

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 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 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 »

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 »

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 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 »


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Feb 6, 2024

Home sweet home

Sylhet, Bangladesh

I’m writing this from my house now.  After a little over thirty hours travel time, from Sylhet to Dhaka, Dhaka to Dubai, Dubai to Athens, and then Athens to Newark, with layovers, security checkpoin... Read More »

Feb 6, 2024

The last day

Sylhet, Bangladesh

The last day at the hospital is a clinic day, where the patients who have had procedures come back and get checked out by the doctors to see how their healing is progressing. To see the differences in the ... Read More »