Nov 14, 2020

Welcome to our 6th GlobalGiving Report

NHEDF is always a family affair!
NHEDF is always a family affair!

Namaste!

Welcome to our November report. Thanks to your amazing support, 31 people over the last quarter have been able to receive medical and surgical intervention, nursing care, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services during these difficult times.

Things have been a little different at NHEDF due to Covid-19. Two national lockdowns have meant that a few patients have been supported in hospital only and have been discharged home directly, bypassing the Shelter. Other patients have had to stay at NHEDF for a little longer than necessary as there was simply no way of getting them home. Public transport was cancelled for long periods of time due to the Nepal-wide lockdown and some patients travel for 2 – 3 days to reach NHEDF. Other patients are still waiting for surgery that was postponed due to Covid -19 (or their surgeon got Covid-19) then for some, things have continued as usual. It has been a challenging time for Team NHEDF and our heartfelt admiration goes to everyone for managing the situations that were imposed on them in safe, kind, compassionate and creative ways.

This quarter, NHEDF has supported two adults and two children with burns injuries; a premature baby; three patients with closed head injuries (one is a long-standing patient at the Shelter whose initial reason for coming to NHEDF was complications following tetanus); and one man who contracted tetanus who we are happy to report made an amazing recovery. Several patients were treated for wound management.

NHEDF receives many patients experiencing orthopaedic injuries and over the last 3 months these have included several people with fractured arms, legs and/or spine; one man with damage to the metal rods that are often used to fix fractured femurs (thigh bones) and one patient requiring surgery for fractures she sustained 2 years ago and were never fixed – she had been bed bound for 2 years and can now walk again! Three patients required amputations of their lower limbs and their road to rehabilitation is always long.

Two patients were admitted with gynaecological problems including treatment of uterine prolapse. A toddler was admitted for cardiac assessment and was diagnosed with two ‘holes in the heart’. He is likely to require surgery. One lady required a lung resection for TB but sadly passed away within 24 hours of her surgery being performed.  Other people included a young girl with an eye injury and three patients with chronic illness whose stays were short. For one, the problem was easily solved! He simply needed a hearing aid. This simple solution has changed his life as he is able to hear for the first time in many years and is ecstatic.

All these cases demonstrate how you have changed and will continue to change the lives of people who have no one else to turn to and nowhere else to go. There are so many stories like these, all made possible by your amazing support without which there would be no NHEDF and no good news stories like the above to report. 

We hope you are staying safe during these difficult times, and on behalf of all past, present and future patients, and everyone at NHEDF, we thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity.

With best wishes and grateful thanks,

Virginia Dixon,

President, Roads to Rehab Nepal

Govindra & Ramlal when they arrived at NHEDF
Govindra & Ramlal when they arrived at NHEDF
Govindra & Ramlal were discharged 16 months later
Govindra & Ramlal were discharged 16 months later
Aug 14, 2020

Welcome to our 5th GlobalGiving Report

Wound care from NHEDF's wonderful nurses
Wound care from NHEDF's wonderful nurses

Namaste!

As part of this report, we thought we would share Chhema’s story with you which is another wonderful example of how you change the lives of people who have no one else to turn to and nowhere else to go.

Chhema is 29 and comes from a village in the Solu region of Nepal where many households still cook on an open fire. She has a history of epilepsy and during her first seizure in ten years she fell into the fire resulting in burns to her left foot, ankle and lower leg. It was a walk of several hours to the nearest health post where the wound was dressed, but infection and later gangrene set in. Chhema was sent to Kathmandu and required a below knee amputation.

She was devastated, not only due to the loss of her leg, but her husband abandoned her knowing she would be disabled leaving her alone with her beautiful baby girl. Cheema was discharged from hospital to NHEDF for post-op wound management, physiotherapy and intensive rehabilitation. Her brother became her care-giver and helped support Chhema along her 9-month road to rehabilitation, which was made even longer by the Covid pandemic. Eventually with the help of new shoes, a prosthetic leg and lots of physiotherapy she was discharged home in mid-July.

There are so many stories like these, all made possible by your amazing support without which there would be no NHEDF and no good news stories like the above to report.  Thanks to you, Chhema, like all patients at the Shelter, has been able to have somewhere to stay in Kathmandu and receive physical and emotional support, medical and surgical treatment, wonderful nursing care and physiotherapy at no cost to herself. Without this, like many of NHEDF’s patients, she would have either died or been left destitute.

If you would like to read a bit more Covid-19 in Nepal and how it has impacted and is still impacting life at the Shelter please read on, otherwise on behalf of all past, present and future patients, and everyone at NHEDF, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity.

Covid, NHEDF & Nepal:

As this report goes to publication there are now 22,600 reported cases of Covid-19 throughout Nepal with the pandemic no longer being confined to regions along the border with India. About 50% of NHEDF’s patients returned to their villages before lockdown. Those who could not manage without the services NHEDF provides remained.

Throughout this crisis, Samrat had to skilfully negotiate with local authorities before he was allowed to take a patient like Govindra to the Emergency Department for IV antibiotics for cellulitis, or deliver gas bottles for cooking to the Shelter or allow NHEDF's nurses to attend work.

We made a decision to continue to pay our nurses wages whilst they were prohibited from going to work during the first 3 weeks of lockdown, during which time nursing instructions were provided by tele-health. After 3 weeks of lockdown, Samrat finally obtained permission for staff to continue their duties which meant he acquired an extra job as a taxi driver (as there was still no public transport operating) and was allowed to transport them from home to work and back again every day.

Now NHEDF’s Shelter is almost close to capacity again with patients with burns, orthopaedic injury and hospital acquired pressure sores requiring surgery, neurological conditions and wound management and there is an increasing demand for NHEDF’s services.

The nationwide lockdown in Nepal eased on July 21, so life for patients at NHEDF’s Shelter is starting to get back to normal despite many establishments remaining closed. Public transport outside the Kathmandu valley is still not operating so a couple of patients have had to stay despite being well enough to go home, as they simply cannot get home however it looks like Nepal, including the airport and public transport, will open up later this month. The need for NHEDF’s services  will only increase as a result of the economic impact of the pandemic.

We hope you are staying safe during these difficult times, and on behalf of all past, present and future patients, and everyone at NHEDF, we thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity.

With best wishes and grateful thanks,

Virginia Dixon,

President, Roads to Rehab Nepal

Physiotherapy time!
Physiotherapy time!
My new leg!
My new leg!
My  new shoes!
My new shoes!
Thank you NHEDF for 9 months of love &support
Thank you NHEDF for 9 months of love &support
Time to go home!
Time to go home!
May 14, 2020

Welcome to our 4th GlobalGiving Report

We would like to say a huge thank you for your amazing ongoing support in making your regular recurring donations which are helping fund the salaries of NHEDF's nurses. NHEDF's three new nurses are completely ‘blown away’  by the fact that people in different parts of the world care about a country they do not even live in that they would do a thing like this and they, as well as us, think you are absolutely amazing...

Nepal went into lockdown on March 24th Prior to this date, Samrat sent as many patients as he could back to their villages, and as you can imagine, the personal and economic consequences due to Covid-19 have been and still are devastating. Your generosity continues to make a huge difference to people who are lucky enough to have the support of NHEDF.

Because of you (and thanks to Samrat) the nurses are back at work now under different arrangements. A number of patients have been discharged including Mansur who had lung resection for cancer,  Sankar who has a neurological disease,  Ravi who experienced multi-trauma after a motor vehicle accident, Nayran who had orthopaedic surgery and Lila who had an obstetric fistula repaired. There are also several new patients who have recently been admitted to NHEDF or are waiting for admission with fractures and tragically one of NHEDF’s patients was a tragedy of the pandemic not through Covid, but she had a massive heart attack and passed away during lockdown – she was booked for urgent cardiac surgery which was cancelled due to Covid. She was only 28 and our hearts go out to her husband and young family.

We hope you are staying safe during these difficult times, and on behalf of all past, present and future patients, and everyone at NHEDF, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kindness and generosity.

With best wishes and grateful thanks,

Virginia Dixon,

President, Roads to Rehab Nepal

 
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