Nepal Earthquake – Tuesday April 28 evening update

Lots of activity today with SIRC in Nepal, Bangladesh and Canada.

Dipesh is SIRC’s Administration Director and he is leading a team of SCI specialists to transfer spinal cord injured patients from the acute care hospitals to SIRC.  You see, not everyone has the skills to transfer an already fragile patient – any wrong move and further damage to the spine could occur.  Having SIRC’s team of specialists handle the patient transfer gives the patient a better chance of some sort of mobility in the long run.  Dipesh and team transferred 10 patients to SIRC today.  I can barely imagine the work it takes SIRC to transfer and intake these patients.

Note:  SIRC has three or four ambulances, donated a few years ago by India and Pakistan.

SIRC's team transporting a patient to the SIRC facility.

SIRC’s team transporting a patient to the SIRC facility.

SIRC is now starting to receive new SCI patients daily.  Fortunately the three SCI specialists – Dr Raju, Dr Jas and social worker Sheela have been busy finalizing their plans in Dhaka.  It’s been an interesting learning experience for me, following their review of disaster aid protocols, developing lists and lists of medications (so so many!) and identifying the medical supplies and equipment they are purchasing in Dhaka, and bringing with them to SIRC.  Dependent on the availability of flights and being able to land at Kathmandu Airport, they will arrive anywhere between April 29 and  May 1.  SIRC can’t wait for their arrival.  Their timing is perfect.

The Rick Hansen Institute here in Vancouver are also supporting our work.  The organization posted a link to Drs Peter Wing and Claire Weeks blog.  Check it out here.  We are happy to have any and all awareness of the needs of spinal cord injured Nepalese and SIRC’s role in the provision of rehabilitation.

With significant help from Maggie & Stephen Muldoon of Livability Ireland, a fundraising campaign was launched in the UK, seeking donations for the onslaught of SCI patients expected at SIRC.  Thanks to Stephen and Maggie for their undying commitment to SIRC.  And to Big Gives for their quick set-up of our fundraising page.  Check it out – SIRC’s donation page on Big Gives.  Please share share share with your networks in the UK, Ireland and across mainland Europe!

For the Canadians who are patiently waiting to donate, we are currently providing content to a Canadian registered charity who can issue you with tax receipts and who will qualify for the matching donation program that the Canadian Government have committed to (with some conditions which I will spell out when we launch).  Please bear with us as we finalize this!

Peter and Claire continue to hit their vast SCI network across Canada and the world, advocating for SIRC and also providing guidance to the SIRC medical staff on the ground.  Being a business person, I am useless on that front but happily I am getting stuck into preparation of the paperwork required to meet the prerequisites of funding agencies.  Who knew the day would come when I would be happy to be doing paperwork?!

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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