Kathmandu Rehab- NHEDF Clinic
They started from just a few mattresses on the floor, and have built themselves into a proper, government registered care facility. Both volunteer and staffed doctors and nurses are working round the clock, delivering care and comfort to their patients of all ages, suffering from all types of injuries.
The patient stories are unbelievable, as is the amount of energy and perseverance among this staff.
They pay for staff, medicine, food, water, and all the medical equipment necessary to care for their patients. Currently they are caring for 15-20 patients and usually one family memeber each day.
The smiles on the patients' faces, and the progress they've made, shows that the NHEDF is doing something very right.
A little about me: I'm Erin, I'm from California, and have been living in Kathmandu for nearly two years now, working in education. I first met Samrat, founder of NHEDF, after the second earthquake on May 12. The original shelter was next door to where I was living at the time. Since then, I've been trying to help them in any way I can, most notably trying to get funds their way. I had a fundraiser in San Diego, California for the clinic, and have tried to spread the word as much as possible to those who are in a position to provide assistance.
Funds collected have been spent on the patients, their family members, medical staff, medicines, the facility and its growth. Currently the major focuses are rehab and physiotherapy.
The funds go directly to the clinic. Samrat and his team then work out the best prices (Nepali to Nepali) to get the best care and equipment for their patients.
We are helping a local organization work with the resources on the ground to care for their patients in a professional and very nurturing and caring family environment.
Thank you all for your support!
They’ve helped over 600 patients, and are hoping to continue to do more, but they need funding from you. Thank you for your ongoing support!
“It’s been almost 3 years that NHEDF has continued it’s aid work to support patients coming to Kathmandu seeking medical support. We have supported around 600 people in these 3 years. Starting from scratch and building to the proper rehab center we have now has been tough for us. But with the hope and support from many people, we have built our facility, and are able to continue our journey.
We’d like to thank the many individuals and organizations who have motivated us to keep moving forward.
Our target is to make a proper medical rehab center in Kathmandu. This is difficult but not impossible. Nepal really needs a proper rehab center in every part of the country, but right now we’re starting with Kathmandu. NHEDF coordinates with many different hospitals, doctors, and medical professionals to give a high level of care to those patients who are not able to do so by themselves. We can proudly say that our success rate is 80%.
We are not only trying to save a life, but also trying to save a family. Sometimes unwillingly the family has to neglect their injured loved ones due to an inability to provide care, and they are left to die. Our mission is to save that life. Our patients come from the remote villages to the busy city of Kathmandu, where they don’t know anyone and are unfamiliar with the way of life. We are there with them every step of the way.
We cry with our patients as well as celebrate their happy moments. We share their problems and we share ours. We don’t have all of the facilities of a standard medical rehab center, but we have the heart to help. We’ve learned never to give up even in hard times, and we hold our patients’ hands and encourage them to fight for their lives. There are times when we are tired and feel helpless, but we don’t give up. There are no other organizations like this in Nepal. We believe this is the best humanitarian work to do.
There are times when it is financially trying, and we’ve felt like shutting down. But every time we get help from our funders, people like you, we feel rejuvenated and we continue to find a way. We need your help and are incredibly thankful for all we’ve received thus far.
We currently have 12 patients with us, and usually a caregiver. They all have different health problems, needs, and levels of care. Some need major surgeries, some basic dressings, some physiotherapy. The common thread is that they all need to be in Kathmandu to survive. Until the government develops basic healthcare facilities all over Nepal, the lack of healthcare outside the big cities will continue.
We have developed our physiotherapy facility now, and we have the equipment to do basic physiotherapy exercises.
We are working with a few patients who need very expensive surgeries like bilateral hip transplants.
We are coordinating with prosthetic manufacturers to make the various types our amputees need. The process of fitting prosthesis is a very lengthy task. It takes months.
We are dependent on your donations to survive and keep doing this work. Our clinic is only possible through your kind donations. Please spread this message so that we can help many more coming to our shelter.”
Please Donate. Thank you very much!
Rajkumar and his father have been with the clinic for the past 4 months receiving all medical and living costs free of charge. Rajkumar has received 4 surgeries on the left side of his body and arm. After several complications and infection with the surgeries, thankfully the doctors were successful. He and his father are currently at the clinic while Rajkumar continues to heal. He needs one further surgery, and after that he will be fitted with a prosthetic arm, hopefully with the help of Lend a Hand, a Malaysian organization who is helping with 3-D artificial limbs.
Due to the unexpected complications and infections, Samrat had to pay an extra $1500 in medical bills. This was not planned for in the initial budget, and right now they are in need of this money to continue running the clinic.
Please donate and spread the word to others who will donate.
Rajkumar now has a chance to go out into the world like other young men his age because of NHEDF. There are multiple stories of patients NHEDF has helped since it began at the time of the 2015 earthquake.
Here's another amazing story. One 32 year old patient has just received the first successful surgery of its kind in Nepal. Due to an infection in his leg, much of the leg was removed. The doctors saved his ankle and foot, rotated them, and attached them to where his knee joint used to be. It’s unbelievable! Once he fully recovers, he will be fitted with a prosthetic limb, with a fully functioning joint. I’ve never seen anything like it!
He’s recovering and receiving rehab at the clinic. His wife stays with him. Their 3 kids are back in their village with grandparents. His wife is getting vocational training while in Kathmandu. When I visited, she and her husband were drawing up clothing patterns, planning their retail business. This vocational training, recommended by NHEDF, is incredibly helpful.
Please note that all of the treatment and living costs are FREE for the patients and their supporting relative. All of them.
The clinic is asking for your help in keeping their efforts in motion.
Their phone is always ringing with potential new patients. Samrat would love to help as many as he can. But he needs the cash to do it.
Please help. With your donations NHEDF can continue to give full lives to Nepali patients who otherwise would never have the chance.
They are relying on donations to keep up their very necessary work. Please share or donate.