"We were about to start an operation when we had the first shake. We couldn't leave the room because the child was anesthetized. ...Each second, we were afraid that the building may collapse," recounted ReSurge's Dr. Kiran Nakarmi. (Photo by Kiran Nakarmi, of the child, who "slept" through the earthquake, now safely in his grandfather's arms.)
A deadly earthquake has devastated children and families in Nepal. ReSurge’s Surgical Outreach Directors and local team are safe and responding to the need -- providing surgical care to many victims.
At the time of the earthquake, ReSurge’s Dr. Kiran Nakarami was in Birgunj, in Southern Nepal, and was also in surgery at the time.
“We were about to start a cleft lip operation then we had the first shake, which was the worst (never experienced before). We couldn't leave the room because the child was there anesthetized. Each second, we were afraid that the building may collapse,” recounted Kiran. Kiran and his team of four finished the surgery, despite aftershocks, and returned the child to his thankful parents, who were outside the building with everyone else. Kiran, his team and young patient were the last ones to leave the hospital; everyone else had evacuated. He soon will be returning to Kathmandu “where there's more devastation waiting for me.”
Dr. Shankar Rai, who was in Kirtipur on the outskirts of Kathmandu, let us know that they have been inundated with trauma patients. “We are fine. I was at the hospital with Bishal (another surgeon) taking rounds when it happened. We took care of more than 100 injured in the hospital and 10 were brought dead. More are coming,” Shankar said.
More than 1,300 people have died and the death toll is expected to increase. Many others have sustained injuries that will require reconstructive surgery to prevent or reduce permanent disabilities, in the upcoming weeks and months. To ensure that our teams can effectively help those in need, ReSurge has established the Nepal Earthquake Victims Surgical Care Fund, so that essential medical supplies and services are readily available.
Please give generously to help children and families in Nepal who are devastated by this disaster and need surgical care.
ReSurge has been working in Nepal since the late 1980s and is home to our largest and longest-running year-round program. In 1999, it began its year-round program, with Dr. Shankar Rai as country director and PHECT-Nepal as our local partner. Dr. Rai, his co-director Dr. Kiran Nakarami and his team provide care for more than 1,000 people annually, in Kathmandu, Kirtipur, Biratnagar, Nepalganj/Nepalgunj, Pokhara, Butwal and Birganj/Birgunj.