Nepal earthquake – Wednesday April 29 update

I’ve been working closely with Drs Peter Wing and Claire Weeks here on Bowen Island since the Saturday quake, learning a great deal from them.  They have been instrumental in working out the kinks and paving the way for the repatriation of Dr Raju, Dr Jas and Sheela from Dhaka, Bangladesh.  And providing direction on the types of medication and equipment the intrepid three will need upon arrival at SIRC.  They’ve also been validating the various protocols the doctors will need to follow while there and on one such Skype call, a short pop quiz on SCI treatments – they passed!

Much greater detail on these three coming from Dhaka can be found in their blog postings over the past two days.  Check it out here.

SIRC had a busy day today.  They have staff situated in over 13 hospitals in the Kathmandu Valley providing education on complication prevention, advice to hospital staff, catheters etc.  They have identified 75 potential patients that will likely be referred to SIRC in the coming days.  Much effort is in the identification of SCI patients, their transfer and admittance to SIRC.  Busy busy.

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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