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Interview on KIIS FM Radio Station

Plasticos Foundation was featured on KIIS FM! Listen to Dr. Nichter’s interview by clicking on the link: The interview starts at 28:36.

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First Annual Plasticos MUD RUN!

Plasticos Foundation had our first annual Mud Run at Irvine Lake Park on Saturday, October 16th.  Dr. Nichter, Dr. Horowitz, friends and family of Plasticos ran 5k through a mud-filled obstacle course. Here are some photos of the event (click to enlarge). Thank you all who came out to support

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On October 16th, Plasticos Foundation will be having our first-ever mud run.  Come join us!  You can get involved by running, sponsoring a runner or donating. To register, visit

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Hope in Cambodia

The day of our flight, I’m filled with a sea of emotions. I am so nervous and anxious; I begin labeling and excessively organizing my belongings. I wonder what will I see this time and will break my heart, again. These missions are always so sobering for me. This is

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June 25th- Last Day of Surgery

It is the last day of Surgery for the Plasticos Team in Siem Reap, Cambodia. When the medical instruments are cleaned and put away, and each patient is in the ward- recovering, we will have performed more than 50 surgical procedures on 20 patients. This is not the usual trip

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5th Day of Surgery

I must confess something.  I’ve developed a crush on a Khmer boy named Boran Buon. He was admitted to the children’s ward for a pre op about half hour ago.  What struck me about him was that since the first clinic day, he was smiling.  He was the only kid

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Harsh Reality

Our 3rd Day at the Angkor Hospital for Children demonstrated the reality of delivering medical care in Cambodia. A young boy was brought to the hospital the previous day with acute abdominal pain, and during the following 24 hours, the child rapidly decompensated and went into septic shock. They were

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So close yet so far…

Despite the many reconstructive surgical missions that I have been on, I always dread the haunting feelings the patient and I experience when I am unable to help. This by far is the hardest situation that I and other Plasticos Team members experience. I am not referring to patients with

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Screening day

9 ‘o clock AM. It is a beautiful day at the Angkor Children’s hospital. The blazing sun bakes my skin, sticky from the engulfing, inescapable humidity.  Step into the screening room.  Ahhhh – “the refuge,” as Paul calls it – at 86 degrees Fahrenheit.  On the other side of the

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