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Help us help others-   Please donate today to change lives by delivering cleft lip and cleft palate surgery throughout the world, through Operation of Hope.  Donate here-  http://operationofhope.org/donate/

Help us help others- Please donate today to change lives by delivering cleft lip and cleft palate surgery throughout the world, through Operation of Hope. Donate here- http://operationofhope.org/donate/

This is Mwatyesi post op after surgery.  ALL of the families in the hospital ward after surgery insisted on photos with the team members.  It was very touching and moving to be asked to be in their family portraits!

This is Mwatyesi post op after surgery. ALL of the families in the hospital ward after surgery insisted on photos with the team members. It was very touching and moving to be asked to be in their family portraits!

Some of the members of the OR/ operating room staff, at BEIT Cure Hospital in Blantyre.  They were awesome, were really helpful and efficient, and I would totally trust them if I needed surgery there!

Some of the members of the OR/ operating room staff, at BEIT Cure Hospital in Blantyre. They were awesome, were really helpful and efficient, and I would totally trust them if I needed surgery there!

In early June, I flew to Malawi to do cleft lip and palate surgery with Operation of Hope, a charity based in LA.  This was my first trip to Africa, so I was excited to see what it was like.  The blue dot is where we went to-  Blantyre, Malawi, the economic powerhouse of Malawi.

In early June, I flew to Malawi to do cleft lip and palate surgery with Operation of Hope, a charity based in LA. This was my first trip to Africa, so I was excited to see what it was like. The blue dot is where we went to- Blantyre, Malawi, the economic powerhouse of Malawi.

Hospital Facilities | Bariatric Surgery Guatemala

Hospital Facilities | Bariatric Surgery Guatemala

We operated at the “BEIT Cure Hospital”, which is run by the charity Cure-  www.cure.org.  They do mainly orthopedic surgery there, and were kind enough to host Operation of Hope for a week.

We operated at the “BEIT Cure Hospital”, which is run by the charity Cure- www.cure.org. They do mainly orthopedic surgery there, and were kind enough to host Operation of Hope for a week.

Here’s a shot of most, but not all, of our surgical supplies.  We had to bring a small truck of stuff in our checked-in luggage from the USA for our surgical trip.

Here’s a shot of most, but not all, of our surgical supplies. We had to bring a small truck of stuff in our checked-in luggage from the USA for our surgical trip.

This is Marike, Pemphiro, and me, in the “family portrait”.     I really felt that I was honored to be allowed to operate on these patients.  Despite the language and culture barrier, I think that all of the families could tell that we took their pain and surgical problems seriously, and that we would fix them to the highest standards possible.

This is Marike, Pemphiro, and me, in the “family portrait”. I really felt that I was honored to be allowed to operate on these patients. Despite the language and culture barrier, I think that all of the families could tell that we took their pain and surgical problems seriously, and that we would fix them to the highest standards possible.

Yikes!  Let’s get the whole extended family in the portraits!  This is Martha, Kevin, Me, Marike, Courtney, and Esther.  Ketilinia is in the front with her Dad.

Yikes! Let’s get the whole extended family in the portraits! This is Martha, Kevin, Me, Marike, Courtney, and Esther. Ketilinia is in the front with her Dad.

These are the matriarchs that ordered me around while I was in Malawi.  From left to right, it’s Marike, Martha, Jennifer, and Kristie.  Marike was our logistics, PR, photographer, and all around nice person.  Martha is a RN from Zimbabwe, and helped us a lot with the hospital staff, logistics, and rounds.  Jennifer is the President of Operation of Hope and our fearless leader.  Kristie is a RN, and took care of supplies, medications, dosage, taking care of patients, recovery.

These are the matriarchs that ordered me around while I was in Malawi. From left to right, it’s Marike, Martha, Jennifer, and Kristie. Marike was our logistics, PR, photographer, and all around nice person. Martha is a RN from Zimbabwe, and helped us a lot with the hospital staff, logistics, and rounds. Jennifer is the President of Operation of Hope and our fearless leader. Kristie is a RN, and took care of supplies, medications, dosage, taking care of patients, recovery.

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