Nepal Earthquake – Sunday May 10

The hard work of accepting patients with complex spinal cord injuries continues at SIRC.  The presence of Professor Taslim Uddin from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation BSMMU, Dhaka has been of tremedous help, providing guidance and senior expertise to the young SIRC doctors.  Professor Uddin returns home to Dhaka this weekend.

Professor Uddin (left) with Dr Raju (centre) and Kanak Mani Dixit (right)

Professor Uddin (left) with Dr Raju (centre) and Kanak Mani Dixit (right).  Photo credit Shanta Dixit.

As Professor Uddin departs, the arrival of Prof Fary Khan and team from the Royal Melbourne Hospital is welcomed.  Their visits overlap to ensure a handover of knowledge and continuity of service.  Professor Khan is the Director, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the hospital and leads her team to provide consult support and coaching for the SIRC staff in the areas of medical care, as well as physio and occupational therapy.  Welcome Professor Khan and team!

Professor Khan (2nd right) and team from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Professor Khan (2nd right) and team from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  Photo credit Shanta Dixit.

Esha (SIRC executive director) is as usual run off her feet – being SIRC’s representative at the various coordination meetings in Kathmandu with the government ministries and aid agencies.  But she always returns to SIRC to check on the patients.

Esha checking in with many of the patients in the newly established ward - now filled to capacity.

Esha checking in with many of the patients in the newly established ward – now filled to capacity.  Photo credit Shanta Dixit.

It’s not all serious at SIRC though, Madan Krishna Shrestha & Haribamsha Acharya – the comedic duo MaHaJodi came for a visit!  This duo are hugely popular in Nepal, anyone and everyone knows of their sketches and we are fortunate they sit on the SIRC board.  Madan and Hari visited SIRC yesterday, much to the delight of the patients.

Hari and Madan with an ecstatic .

Hari and Madan with an ecstatic Shashi Tamang from Sindupalchowk – hip fracture patient.  Photo credit Shanta Dixit.

And keeping with the SIRC link, check out this news clip featuring Kanak Mani Dixit, co-founder of SIRC, journalist and activist in an interview on the salvage of culturally important buildings in Kathmandu.  Taken from Canada’s national TV station CBC – The National news show.  CBC the National news clip

And more reports from the many folks I met while living in Nepal.  You will remember it was Lok’s home I stayed in during my 5-months in Banepa.  Lok’s daughter Nicol and a group of friends are doing some amazing work, getting into hard-to-reach places, providing tarps, sacks of rice, spices, oil, lentils, sugar, flour etc.

Some photos from Nicol when she visisted Chainpur in the Nuwakot district.    It is just 80km from Kathmandu but her group were the first aid group the village had seen.

Nicol and friend, getting organized before the distribution of the supplies

Nicol and friend, getting organized before the distribution of the supplies

Lining up the buckets of kitchen items as well as spices, oil, lentils etc.  Part of the 'package' each villager got from Nicol and friends.

Lining up the buckets of kitchen items as well as spices, oil, lentils etc. Part of the ‘package’ each villager got from Nicol and friends.

The women lining up for their share of the supplies.

The women lining up for their share of the supplies.

These women each with a bucket of essentials, carry a sack of rice between them.

These women each with a bucket of essentials, carry a sack of rice between them.

Such beautiful children with happy mums despite the very harsh circumstances they find themselves in.

Such beautiful children with happy mums despite the very harsh circumstances they find themselves in.

It is Mother’s Day in many countries around the world today – so Happy Mother’s Day to these young mothers in Chainpur.  And Happy Mother’s Day to Nicol who is mum to a son and daughter herself.  You are an inspiration.

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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2 Responses to Nepal Earthquake – Sunday May 10

  1. Liz Chaston says:

    Hello Kate, I am a Crofton House classmate of Muriel Kerr’s. She brought your blog to our attention. I am happy to make a donation. Trust it will help!

    • Kate Coffey says:

      Wow, thank you Liz, that is awfully kind of you I just posted a note of how the donations are spent. But we have many Inkind Donations as well as Volunteer Contributions from the global SCI medical community. Thank you also to Muriel!

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