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The team that helped out in the Nepal earthquake 2015

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May 2nd 2015
Two teams of our volunteers from St Johns Medical College Bangalore depart to Nepal tomorrow to provide medical relief in needy rural areas affected by the earthquake.

They will work in conjunction with 2 partner agencies... Emmanuel Hospital Association and Catholic Hospital Association of India. All the Best Dr Dwayne Mascarenhas,Dr William Wilson Dr Dharamveer Tatwavedi, Dr Frederico Miranda and Dr Aditya... God bless the members of this team... Do keep them in your prayers for their safety and good work!


dated 7th May 2015; 7.30 pm Dwayne Mascarenhas

Sitting on top of a hill in dapcha 75kms south west from katmandu.. tis place has been affected quite severely from t earthquake.. 4 nuns nd me r working from t phc , an old rickety building. Most of t place has No power wid intermittent water supply.. sleeping in a tent wid sleeping bags.. in two day camp seen 448 patients..
Yday v had an aftershock of 4.5 ..so few trauma cases today wid suturing nd dressing.
Been a really humbling experience surviving on basic amenities.. away from r usual " luxurious " lives..
From morrow outreach centers.. 4-18kms away...
NEWS FROM Dwayne Mascarenhas....
"Was supposed to leave with a local team today. .. But the district has anti Indian sentiments. .. so we got left behind. .. Spent the day getting medical supplies . ... sorting out medicines. .. packing it all up for the next camp. .. Tom we heading out. .. into dholaka district. ...6 day camp covering 4-5 different areas. .... trekking, sleeping bags, tents and biscuits. .. Last night to enjoy civilization today...."The last three days were freaking awesome. ... teamed up with docs from an international relief organization called samaritan's purse.... went to a place 150kms away.... 11hrs journey... which included 28kms of bus ride on a river bed.... Houses in the wilderness. ....stayed in tents.... slept in sleeping bags. .. woke up at 5am... saw 260patients from all over (some whod walked 3hrs to get to us....) absolutely amazing experience... just got back to kathmandu.... Now gonna find out what our next 3day trip has in store for us..
May 12 2015
Our teams in Nepal are safe post today's earthquake.... Thank God for it... Take care fellas.... Dwayne Mascarenhas, William Wilson, Adithya Suresh,Frederico Miranda and Dharamveer Tatwavedi.... Hope to see you all home soon... Keep up the good work... The entire Johnite family is proud of your relief efforts...
May 14th 2015
Final update on teams in Nepal...They finally reached Katamandu at 4 am today and are currently at the airport..
Waiting to catch their flight to Delhi in an hours time... God Bless you
Dwayne Mascarenhas, William Wilson, Adithya Suresh, Frederico Mirandaand Dharamveer Tatwavedi.... Waiting to see you all back in St John's... Proud of you all!!!

Diary From Dharamveer Tatwavedi

Nepal Diaries: Day 10- A day after the earthquake, we had a choice to make. Either stay stranded and play victims or be the doctors we were sent out to be. And the real credit lies with two of my seniors on the team: Dr. Dwayne and Dr. Adithya Suresh for choosing the later. With all roads blocked by the landslides, we decided that we would trek out with a small team to provide medical relief as we pass villages on our way. A team of 12- three doctors, five nurses and four volunteers set out by foot on a 18 km trek with 25 kgs of medical supplies on our back, treating victims on the way. Bandaging abrasions to reducing shoulder dislocations. Sometimes we had to trek up hills, sometimes cross rivers on fragile bridges. And at other times we saw ghost towns completely deserted by its people. Rescue Choppers from the UN office failed to find our location . So we walked on. Finally having reached a place with road access, we took a bus to Kathmandu and then a plane the next day to Bangalore. 

In my Last post on Nepal, I would mention my heroes I got to work with - Dr Dwayne and Dr Adithya Suresh. They have been my teachers, friends and most importantly equals. Not one patient goes back without treatment, on their watch. Always willing to work and always selfless while they work.

From Dharamveer Tatawedi. Nepal Diaries: Day 8&9: Its 12.35 pm Nepal time. Had just helped seeing about 100 patients in Malukhola village in Dolakha District and had broken for lunch. Malukhola village is a little sleepy place sitting quietly between mountains on one side and a raging river on the other. Just when I was about to start eating, I heard a rumble. What followed was madness. The earth beneath our feet shook like in a short tempered youth's violent rage. We ran for our lives. And just when I looked back to see if I had left something behind, I saw the walls of our hotel collapse. Tears of fear and helplessness all around. Look around the village and what were homes just 15 seconds ago, were now piles of ruble. Just then someone reminds us that the river on the other side had its source in a glacier called Tsho Rolpa. It is a natural dam held in place by a fragile ice wall. And the after shocks that would follow would be strong enough to cause it to fall and flood the village. Move up and you would be crushed by rolling stones from the landslides. Stay low and be drowned by the floods. We decided to pitch our tents in a place that seemed safe enough, just hoping to wake up alive the next morning. Just then we heard of an old couple who were living uphill whose house had collapsed and had nothing to eat for the night. It is then that a few of us from the team trekked up for 30 minutes in the pitch darkness of the night to meet the couple with tents and and food to eat. I have never met humanity as face to face as I did then. An elderly couple who had just lost everything, actually offered us tea as a token of their gratefulness. Kindness in the face of adversity was just humbling. News trickled in later that it was an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the richter scale whose epicentre was 60kms away from the town we were in. 76 people had died and 2000 injured. No way to go back home as all roads leading to Kathmandu were blocked by huge chunks of stones. In short, we were stranded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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