Nepal Earthquake – Sunday May 3 Update

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Your dollars are already making a difference.  Check out another busy day today at SIRC.  Sunday is usually a working day in Nepal, it is Saturday is the ‘weekend’ day.  But no one I know at SIRC took a weekend break let me tell ya.  Photo credits SIRC.

On the tarmac in the airport, watching their shipment getting offloaded. From left:  Dipesh (SIRC Admin Director), Sheela, Dr Jas and Dr Raju

On the tarmac in the KTM airport, watching their shipment of medical supplies getting offloaded. From left: Dipesh (SIRC Admin Director), Sheela, Dr Jas and Dr Raju

SIRC's management team at their daily coordination meeting.  From left:  Dr Jas, Dr Raju, Esha (SIRC Executive Director), Kiran (Esha's husband), Chanda (Rehab In Charge), Mandira (Nursing Manager) and Dipesh (Admin Director)

SIRC’s management team at their daily coordination meeting. From left: Dr Jas, Dr Raju, Esha (SIRC Executive Director), Kiran (Esha’s husband), Chanda (Rehab In Charge), Mandira (Nursing Manager) and Dipesh (Admin Director).  Sheela took the photo, that would have been her in the now empty chair!

Dr Jas and Sheela do an assessment on a patient.  If memory serves me right, this area was the vocational training section, and now is a fully operational ward

Dr Jas and Sheela do an assessment on a patient. If memory serves me right, this area was the vocational training section, and now is a fully operational ward

Dr Raju with members of the SIRC team, examine a recently arrived patient.

Dr Raju with members of the SIRC team, examine a recently arrived patient.

The newly created ward in  what was previously the vocational training centre

The newly created ward in what was previously the vocational training centre.

In Nepal, a family member always accompanies the patient to any hospital. Their role is to hand-feed the patient, take care of the patient’s hygiene, do bedding laundry and help with any other less complex care the patient needs.  The problem at the moment is not all patients are coming with family carers, so family members of other patients are stepping in to help out.  On the other side, some patients have arrived with all their families, simply because where they used to live is now a pile of bricks, and they have no other place to go.

In Nepal, a family member always accompanies the patient to any hospital.  Their role is to hand feed the patient, take care of the bedding laundry and help with any other less complex care the patient needs.  In this shot you will see one family carer is feeding a patient his meal.

In this shot you will see one family carer is feeding a patient his meal.

As you can see here, the patients have been provided with mattresses and bedding.  Your donations would provide beds (and many other things) for these patients.

An additional

An additional “ward” has been set up in the entrance area to SIRC.

Also, very good news.  World Health Organization has officially identified spinal care as a critical medical gap in Nepal.   There are not many SCI care providers in Nepal, so we are grateful for this recognition, and hope it translates into tangible support for SIRC.  News release. Some of you readers will recognize the lady in this photo if you ever stayed with Lok, Krishmaya and Rina in Banepa.  She is Lok’s daughter Nicol and since the earthquake, has been out delivering food packages to those in need in the Kavre area.  A good heart. Nicol I will finish with this story that tugged my heartstrings.  Photo credit CNN.

CNN wrote:  Baby Sonit Awal being pulled from the rubble has become the defining image of a disaster that has devastated Nepal. CNN's Thomas Booth met and photographed him today in the village of Bhaktapur, Nepal. As you can see, the little one is out of the hospital and doing well with his mom and big sister

CNN wrote: Baby Sonit Awal being pulled from the rubble has become the defining image of a disaster that has devastated Nepal. CNN’s Thomas Booth met and photographed him today in the village of Bhaktapur, Nepal. As you can see, the little one is out of the hospital and doing well with his mom and big sister

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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