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A Sucessful Trip All-Around

On Thursday afternoon we completed our last surgery.  We did over 60 surgeries on 33 patients. With some patients, our surgeons operated on several parts of the patient’s body at one time. On Wednesday, our Medical Team tackled their most challenging case which included a series of operations on one

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Traveling with Plasticos

Working in an OR in a foreign country can be challenging, but is always interesting. Our practices differ, and we have varying ideas of how-limits the OR should be and what one should wear in it. But ultimately, we are there for the patient, and that is what unites us.

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From our Anesthesiologist

What shall I say? Words cannot adequately express my feelings about this mission. It was my first, and it sure will not be my last. Placing my extensive responsibilities at home aside, I left for what would be one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Our team was

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Pediatrician’s Perspective

A fifteen minute brisk walk in the morning gets us from the hotel to the hospital.  It’s a beautiful day in the city of Yerevan; the weather reminds me of our weather back home.    l get greeted by “ bare luis”, “bare luis “ as I walk in, staff and

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From the OR

We’ve been at the hospital for four days now and this is the first time that I am able to write to you all. The team has had an amazing welcome by the Armenian hospital; from the director Dr. Minasyan, down all the way to the cleaning staff. We arrived

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Armenia Day 5

As I write this, the Plasticos Team is in the OR.  We are operating on 2 children who suffer from burns: Gevorg Pogosyan, an infant whose fingers on his right hands are fused together, and Arpine Meekonyan, a young girl whose face and neck are scarred by burn contractures.  We

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A life-changing experience for all

What an incredible experience. Our medical team of world class surgeons and support staff are extremely talented. They have operated on adorable little children with horrific birth deformities and magically changed them into beautiful and adorable little cuties. The hospital staff at St. Grigor Medical Center has been incredible. Never

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Armenia Day 4

As a team member, and “gap filler,” I’ve spent the past few days picking up the pieces.  Where’s Dr. Horowitz?  Who does this child belong to?  Why is he crying?  Can you make copies of this?  Considering my Armenian vocabulary currently consists of approximately ten words (at its peak), I’ve

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Armenia Day 3

I just want to thank our entire team for working so hard on our first two days at St. Grigor’s hospital;  we finished another 12-hour workday. Where do I begin…well, let me start by saying that every single Plasticos trip is unique, as every country and every hospital we visit

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First screening day

We started the day with an 8 AM team meeting over breakfast.  Ruth Ann talked about our plans for the day and everyone’s duties when we arrive at the hospital. Dr. Horowitz went over some general safety guidelines and why we are in Armenia and our purpose here, which is

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