Dirghayu Guru Hospital
DIRGHAYU GURU Hospital in Kathmandu is a small private hospital that is providing free medical care to victims of Nepal's recent earthquake. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the earthquake demolished historic landmarks and private dwellings, leveling entire villages. People who were trapped in the rubble or injured by debris are in dire need of medical services, and the burden of medical costs is too much for poor families to bear. Dirghayu Guru Hospital is providing life saving care to victims who would otherwise have nowhere to go.
Dr. John Barnhill, a surgeon from Canada volunteering there writes, "this is a private hospital that specializes in neurologic and orthopedic surgery. Most of the staff have worked continuously for six or seven days, and will not be paid for this. The hospital is doing all of these operations for free. I am amazed at how the kindness and gentle care of the staff has persisted despite their exhaustion. As more people are evacuated from villages we have ever-increasing needs.
I feel honored to work with these passionate, generous and dedicated healthcare professionals. They have done an extraordinary job under a incredibly difficult circumstances."
Please help the doctors and volunteers at Dirghayu Guru Hospital to continue providing these essential services. As search and rescue teams return to Kathmandu from mountain villages, there is a flood of injured arriving at Dirghayu Guru Hospital. Despite the numbers they have not turned away even one patient because of the inability to pay.
The hospital needs your help to purchase medicine, surgical supplies, food and more beds. Time is of the essence. Please donate what you can; no amount is too small. 100% of the funds raised will go directly to treating people in dire need.
My name is Naila Sattar. I am an entrepreneur, and have lived and worked in Nepal for over a decade. I experienced the violence of the earthquake firsthand and have seen its effect on my friends and neighbours.
I am not leaving Nepal. I am committed to rebuilding this country and economy, but first and foremost to restoring the health and wellbeing of the more than eight million people whose lives have been touched by this event.
Dr.John Barnhill is a friend who has previously volunteered in Somalia and Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders. I was introduced to Drs. Sumit Joshi and Suraj Shrestha on my visit to the hospital, and was extremely impressed by their unwavering dedication to their patients.
- Albert Schweitzer
I am copying a link to a comprehensive report on the earthquake, prepared by Suraj Balaya Shrestha, Director of Dirghayu Guru Hospital: https://www.sendspace.com/delete/hmbdz3/c9fb5ec2ac7f0daa0a527a3e319a6833
This report contains details about the number of patients treated, their specific injuries, the cost of treating these injuries, as well as the cost of medications and other services provided by the hospital (such as free food to patients and their families). Please be advised that there are some graphic images of injuries in this report,
The hospital provided care for these patients free of cost, The doctors worked without pause for days to treat everyone who came for help. They did not turn away a single patient for their inability to pay. They are the heroes among us.
I hope you will take the time to read this report. I hope it will help to explain why I admire the doctors and staff at Dirghayu Guru Hospital so much, and why they deserve our support. It is important that we recognize the tremendous financial risks they have taken, without a moment's hesitation. The Government of Nepal has offered no financial support thus far, and the hospital is unlikely to receive any funds from the GON. In the unlikely event that they do, it will be fraction of what has been spent. It will be a terrible injustice and tragedy if the hospital's losses forces the doctors and staff to stop providing critical lifesaving services to other poor patients if there is another major natural disaster. In addition to daily aftershocks, the monsoon is upon us. Many hills and mountains have been made unstable by the earthquake, and the rains will cause landslides that are guaranteed to cause more damage to life and property.
Please share this campaign as widely as you can. Please ask your friends, their friends, and their friends' friends to help. Together, we can make amazing things happen.
THANK YOU again for your kindness and support. It means everything to us.
THANK YOU ALL so very much for your support!
This update is long overdue...I went to Dirghayu Guru Hospital two nights ago and handed over 210,000 Nepali Rupees which was urgently needed for surgical supplies and medication. The heroic doctors are continuing to provide excellent medical care under very difficult circumstances.
Last Tuesday's big aftershock has caused more cracks to appear in the hospital building, and most patients and their caregivers are too afraid to go inside, so they are in the parking lot, under tarps which offer little protection from the rain and heat. The doctors are frantically trying to find large tents.
The wonderful news (other than your support) is that my friend Rachel Tullet brought a large duffel bag full of supplies for the hospital all the way from Christchurch, NZ. Rachel was on Everest during the first earthquake and her incredibly heroic actions despite her own injuries, saved many lives. ( http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/09/nepal-earthquake-british-doctor-everest-avalanche-rachel-tullet) She's a hero not only for what she did that day and in the days that followed, but for coming back to Nepal to help the communities most in need. As I write this, she is in Larpak, Gorkha ( https://twitter.com/kundadixit/status/598801538941722624).
Thanks again for all your support, everyone! Stay safe and healthy wherever you are. And yes, together we can achieve more!