This year's trip season is off to a great start with a surgical team trip to the beautiful city of Dehradun in northern India. The team of ReSurge medical volunteers traveled to India over the weekend and met up with our partner surgeons, Drs. Yogi and Kush Aeron, who run our Surgical Outreach Program in Dehradun.
They set to work right away, setting up clinic to evaluate potential patients and set the schedule for surgery over the next two weeks.
Beverly Kent, ReSurge's chief operations officer & medical programs officer, accompanied the volunteer team to Dehradun and sent us this update after the team arrived:
As the car made its way from the airport to Dehradun, we entered a beautiful forest of lush greenery and quickly realized that the city is built inside a forest. Dehradun is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Although we cannot see the larger peaks, the surrounding mountains lend a magical aspect to the town.
Clinic was held just outside the city at the site of the new hospital our partners, Yogi and Kush Aeron, are building to treat patients. Much work has been done on the structure since the last team was here. It was in this building that we held clinic.
The patients had been gathering since early morning, and they waited patiently in the arboretum for our arrival. Kush introduced each member of the team to the patients and their families and then we walked around to greet them personally. It soon became apparent that a majority of our potential patients were victims of burn accidents.
We quickly set up our stations and the clinic began. Our volunteer surgeon from Paris, Jonathan Rausky, examined each patient in consultation with Kush. Yogi, Kush's father and an experienced surgeon, also periodically joined in the discussion as they decided the best course of action for each patient.
Beth Costa, our burn therapy volunteer from Seattle, also joined the deliberations. Several patients do not require surgery and will show great improvement with therapy alone, so Beth has a full schedule with both surgical and non-surgical cases. This team of volunteers is skilled, experienced and eager to get started.
In addition to Jonathan, Beth and Beverly, the volunteer team also includes anesthesiologists Dorothy Gaal, CT, and Latha Kampalath, WI; pediatrician Robert McGrath, CO; OR nurse Fran Fisher, CA; PACU nurse Mary Secor, CO; and coordinator/translator Nisha Chaudry, CA. The team plans to provide surgery for 40-45 patients over the next two weeks while they are in Dehradun.
Stay tuned for more updates as they begin surgery!