It is past midnight now in Kathmandu, and almost 12 hours since the 2nd large earthquake of 7.3 hit Nepal. The SIRC staff and patients are spending the night outside tonight due to the aftershocks and fear of being inside the building. I can understand their fear.
Fortunately there were no casualties at SIRC and all seem to be doing ok. Stephen Muldoon from Livability International told Maggie there is a sense of calm at SIRC as night was falling.
What continues to impress me is the dedication of the SIRC staff towards the patients. Can you imagine the coordination needed to move 79 immobile patients out of the building and into the courtyard to safety ….. while keeping a calm head yet wondering how their own families are doing at home?? Imagine the strength of character of these staff members and carers need to put up tents as overnight shelter for the patients?? Thank goodness it is 20 degrees tonight in Kathmandu and for once rain is not forecast. They really amaze me and it makes me feel proud to be associated with SIRC.
My friends Peter & Claire have updated their blog with the latest from SIRC, they had time to talk and text with the doctors and Esha this morning (while I had to commute into work!). Please follow this link to the SpiNepal blog which also tells of the amazing support the global SCI community have been providing, and continue to provide in the form of donations of equipment, supplies, expertise and potentially volunteers with SCI expertise who will travel to SIRC over the coming months and shore up SIRC’s talented rehabilitation team.
And for those of you familiar with Child Haven, Kanya and the kids in the children’s home in Kathmandu are unharmed and safe and sound. They were in the Kavre district yesterday distributing tarps, blankets and a few other essentials with some of the older kids. Thank goodness it was yesterday and not today, they are safer all together.