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On Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 11:56am, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. The epicenter was approximately 50 miles west of Kathmandu, and about 65 miles west of Banepa, where Scheer Memorial Hospital is located. The initial quake was felt at the hospital, as well as the continuing aftershocks.
Because buildings were not considered safe, medical staff immediately set up an emergency operating room in the hospital courtyard. A C-section was performed within hours. Deccan Herald reported the event.
None of the Nepalese or foreign doctors and staff were injured in the earthquake. However, everyone who lives on the compound slept outside the first night because of aftershocks.
Only one wall in the oldest part of the hospital was cracked, otherwise the buildings are intact. However the quake and aftershocks caused damage to many homes and businesses in the villages around the hospital. Some of the staff who do not live on the compound have lost their homes.
The medical staff has worked tirelessly to treat the injured. By Monday morning, 204 patients had been admitted.
Everyone at Scheer Memorial Hospital wishes to express our gratitude to all our friends, loved ones, and supporters. Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers.
Scheer Memorial Hospital needs volunteers. Whether you are interested in coming long or short term, with a medical team, or as a doctor, or other health professional, this is a place that puts your desire to serve others into action.
For more information contact us to find out how you personally can meet a need, change a life (at least your own) and have the experience of a life time! After all as Helen Keller once said, "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
Volunteers are needed for the following positions:
Volunteer outreach projects we facilitate:
Scheer Memorial Hospital | PO Box 88 | Kathmandu, Nepal
Thank you for visiting our news blog for our updates. We appreciate everyone's prayers, care, concern, and support. We're still having aftershocks above 4,
and this My Republica article gives us the sad statistics in the country as of yesterday.
As you know, we are still standing, still working and treating patients. However, we do have cracks, like most buildings in Nepal.
According to CNN - At least 68 dead after another major earthquake centered in Nepal today. See more here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/12/asia/nepal-earthquake/index.html
On 30th April, 2015, a 28 year old female arrived to the emergency department at Scheer Memorial Hospital following a suicidal attempt of ingestion of organophosphorus compound. When we enquired, we were told that about 99% of the houses in that particular village in Sindhupalchowk were destroyed and the villagers had nothing to eat and were surviving on just water and salt for about five days post earthquake. There was an urgent need to reach out to the villagers; therefore, a decision was made with a team from Scheer Memorial hospital, along with Dr Yuri and Gary and Rotaract club of Kavre to visit this part of the country with some food and shelter.
Pipaldanda in Sindhupalchowk, which is one of the most affected regions, is about a two and half hour drive from Scheer Memorial Hospital. The team from the hospital decided to take a bag of food containing 10 kgs of rice, two kgs of flat rice, beans, salt, oil and masala along with two plates each. One bag would be given to each family with an average of four members and the food would last them for one week.
PICTURED HERE ARE SOME OF THE FOOD BAGS
April 24, 2015 started out like any other normal spring day. It was a little cloudy and there was a chance of rain. It had been raining off and on and this was a little unusual since it's a little early for the monsoon; but hey, it was Saturday and everyone was in a good mood!
It was Business as Usual in the hospital:
1. The medical ward had 19 patients in the morning. Soon another arrived after being released from I.C.U. (Intensive Care Unit) and then another joined the ward, so the nurses were now taking care of 21.
2. One patient was still in I.C.U.
3. As usual, the maternity ward was full. Twelve mothers had recently given birth. Three were in labor and one was about to go into labor!
4. In our church, the divine service was just getting started. A visitor was going to speak and the congregation was eager to hear what he had to say.
Suddenly there was a shaking for just a second. Everyone only had time to look at one another with disbelief. Then the shaking started in earnest. No one needed to shout, "Earthquake!" but maybe everyone did, because all realized what was happening. How could this be? It was! Mothers grabbed their children and everyone rushed from the church. Those in the back got under chairs so as not to run across open space. The ground kept shaking and shaking. There was a loud rumbling sound. Those who looked at the mountains surrounding Banepa could see them undulating.
In the hospital, it was the same story. "GET OUT OF THE BUILDING!" Everyone who could run, helped someone who couldn't. Nurses and patients later told of running down the hallways and being bounced around from side to side. People were holding their own IV drips, or carrying someone who couldn't carry their own.
Everyone from the church and hospital ran to the back yard which was soon full of shaking people. Youth from the church helped bring patients outside and ran back in for mattresses. The catch phrase was, "Are you OK? Are you OK?" Strangers hugged each other. Bravery was seen on every front. Doctors and nurses stabilized patients and made sure their IV lines were in tact.
All the while aftershocks were undulating the earth under our feet.
(We're still having them, so please keep praying!)
It wasn't long before patients started arriving and soon a tent hospital was in operation.
We wish to express our gratitude to all of our friends, loved ones, supporters, and all who prayed for us and will continue to pray for us as we fight the fight! The devastating situation here is still in progress.
Our staff members, some of whom have lost their homes, have worked tirelessly day and night during this most difficult of times for our beloved Nepal.
By Monday morning, we had admitted 204 patients. One of these patients was this precious grandmother seen here with two of her grandchildren.
She had leg injuries.
Her grandson told told their story: "It was a regular Saturday. All of us in the family were outside doing this and that around or near the house as usual. Grandmother was inside. Suddenly the earth started shaking violently and we all looked at each other with realization in our eyes--it was an earthquake! Oh no! We tried to steady ourselves and mentally counted the family members. Grandmother had not come out of the house! The earth was shaking, things were falling, but I rushed back inside and found her fallen and unable to get up. Her legs were injured. I quickly carried her outside."
We asked him, "Were things falling around you as you went in?"
"Yes," he said.
"You were very brave."
He smiled and said, "I love her."
That says it all!
We are so glad we were able to help his beloved grandmother and we pray she will soon
be cooking again for her family and telling the little ones stories!
Please pray for all our patients, some of whom have no home to go home to.
Scheer Memorial is still having aftershocks. They were not hit as hard as some places, but they were hit. According the the hospital staff, "We are devastated, but feel strong and glad that we are helping so many of our beloved and precious citizens."
Pictured here: The improvised outside intensive care unit.
The medical staff of Scheer Memorial had to preform a C-section on Sunday, April 26, in the courtyard while it was dangerous to be in the building. The doctors pictured here are Vidya Pradhananga, an OB/GYN from Nepal and Ramon Ruiz Diaz, an anesthesiologist from Paraguay. The others are the operating room team members.
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