Join Us for Our 10-Year Anniversary & 2015 Release Pig Roast!


Sunday, October 4th  from 2pm to 5pm The Oaks at El Macero Country Club 44571 Clubhouse Drive El Macero, CA 95618 Join us for tastings from ten years of award winning wines produced by Dr. Craig Senders, paired with flamenco music and a decadent menu by El Macero's Chef Rachel... Whole R...

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iseedavis: “Hero Among Us”


"The world could use more people like Dr. Craig Senders who has won the American Red Cross hero award in Davis, CA. See how his generous mission “Operation Restore Hope” has helped thousands of people who are in desperate need." See the video at

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Screening the Patients


Our first full day began with a 15-minute 8:00am taxi ride to the Miller Seventh day Adventist Hospital. According to Josh, there are 150 patients to screen. A maximum of 100 surgeries can be performed, so some will be some turned away because of either age (too young) or an unhealthy weight. Like...

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Operation Restore Hope Begins!


We arrived at 4:00am into Manila, but you would never guess that it's four in the morning-- the airport is bustling!  Filippinos do not sleep but we soon learn that we do not get much while we are here either:  pre-op coordination, surgery, and post-op have multiple dimensions; there is so much nee...

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Trip Highlights


We operated on 70 patients over 5 days. Wednesday was the longest day when we did 20 surgeries. It took a team of 25 people and worked with more than a dozen Rotarians. We need many support people for each surgery. These include the Anesthesiologist, OR nurses, Recovery Nurses, Instrument cleaners...

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Unusual Clefts

Ramil is 12 years old and lives with his parents and 7 siblings. His father is a carpenter and his mother a housewife. He has a lateral facial cleft which makes his mouth very large on one side. Because the muscles are disrupted he drools from that side. As is common with this condition he has...

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The Pediatric Ward


The ward is made up of 24 cots. One cot per patient and family. Sometimes the patients  must double up and have two per cot. Where do the parents sleep you must be thinking. As we all know, life as a parent can at times be difficult.  We can all remember the night when our child had an ear infecti...

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First Day in OR


Today we had 16 patients scheduled for their cleft repair and we did all 16 cases. Eight cleft lip repairs and 8 cleft palate repairs. We  finished this last case at 6:15. Then the patient has to awaken and go to recovery. It takes about an hour to recover a patient. It is a long day! But it is a...

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