Posts by Stephen

Bee Gets His Day

Posted by on Mar 7, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bee Gets His Day

In the building blocks of days creating the bridge to Blessings surgery, myself, along with Operation of Hope President slash Executive Director slash my older sister, Jennifer Trubenbach, Jennifer’s daughter Mari Mora and Zimbabwean nurse, Martha Pamire have had the opportunity to spend time with Blessing up-close-and-personal. We’ve introduced Blessing to the taste of Mexican food for the very first time, which he gave two spicy thumbs, straight up. Thanks to the many in the San Diego business community who have offered us free tickets, Blessing now knows what a “24 hour...

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Blessing’s Medical Exam

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Blessing’s Medical Exam

As this day winds down, I wonder if Blessing ever thought this particular Tuesday would be such a big deal. But here we are, some five years of Tuesdays behind him after a detonator explode inside his mouth, Blessing finds himself in the U.S. of A., sitting across from a team of gifted surgeons and medical staff from Sharp Memorial Hospital here in San Diego, California. This Tuesday started with warm greetings at the door and minutes later Blessing was thrown into a swarm of hospital surgeons, anesthesiologists, dental surgeons, hospital administrators, public relations officers, film and...

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Blessing Lands at LAX

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Blessing Lands at LAX

Monday, February 18th, 2013. Los Angeles International Airport. Blessing looked down and couldn’t help but notice his two Zimbabwean feet were no longer on African soil. The intense lights, blue and green walls and white noise of so many voices from around the world at Los Angeles International Airport painted the backdrop for our weary traveler. Our greeting party consisted of Operation of Hope President and Executive Director Jennifer Trubenbach, her daughter Mari, myself, and a small film crew from San Diego’s Sharp Memorial Hospital who was looking to capture Blessings long...

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Blessing is coming to America!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Blessing is coming to America!

After 5 long years, Operation of Hope is proud to announce that our special needs patient Blessing Makwera from Zimbabwe is coming to the United States for his facial reconstructive surgery scheduled for March 2nd, 2013 at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego California. As CNN will be following Blessing’s story for international and domestic distribution, I will personally blog Blessing’s visit and give you a behind the scenes view of this entire process. Buckle in. We have a fun ride ahead. Please feel free to write comments and/or contact me directly at any time along the way....

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Burn Mission: Cho Ray Hospital

Posted by on Nov 27, 2012 in Missions | Comments Off on Burn Mission: Cho Ray Hospital

Burn Mission: Cho Ray Hospital

Operation of Hope Burn Mission: Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. September 2012. Operation of Hope volunteers have been working well together headed by surgeons Anthony Tran M.D., F.A.C.S. who was born in Vietnam and now lives in Arlington, Texas and Edward Buchanan M.D., who is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery with the Baylor College of Medicine at the Texas Children’s Hospital. Between these two surgeons and our twelve other volunteers, we have a good crew who collectively understands why we pack our bags, leave our friends, family and comforts like Monday Night...

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