As trail runners we can certainly spend a moment to reflect what we can do with our legs and what that means for us. We can probably also try to image what suffering a serious injury or loss of a limb might mean.
This happened to many people at the time of the earthquake, who were hit or crushed by falling masonry or rocks. There are few facilities to care for people with such injuries. After 90 days, the period that amputees must be observed to ensure the amputation has properly healed, hospitals are forced to discharge their patients through the simple need to free up space for the next patient. Subsequent treatment, physiotherapy and prosthetic limb fitting is not a service readily provided. These are people, remember, who’ve not been at their home since the earthquake, if they have a home standing at all.
One dedicated hospital worker, Samrat Basnet, (just recognised for his work Nov 29) saw this 90 discharge process happening and decided to do something to help. To cut a long story short, he rented an old unfurnished house and set up a makeshift clinic called Nepal Healthcare Equipment Development Foundation (NHEDF). You can see him in some of the photos below wearing glasses. With the help of some volunteers and professionals alike, NHEDF is helping some 30 or so patients to get back on their feet, literally. The clinic has running costs of about $4k per month and with a mixture of individual and institution donations it has just managed to scrape by so far.
Nepal Healthcare Equipment Development Foundation
Mobile No: +9779851015746