This month we had a volunteer team of twelve from Rocky Vista Medical College in Colorado visit Orchid Garden. These third and fourth year students, along with their professors gave full physical exams to each and every child, all 140 of them, over the course of two days. I was really impressed with how complete the exams were and the fact that we now have a medical record for each child so that we can monitor their growth and health in the coming years. We are sure to be back with another group like Rocky Vista and the next group will have the advantage of a history to compare to current health. That sounds like a typical thing for us in the west, but it's unheard of in Nepal. There are a few, very few, of the children who are going to need some follow up with a hospital and we are asking one of the nearby community hospitals (in Nepal the term community hospital means nonprofit) if they'd be willing to run some tests and conduct further exams for no cost, or a reduced cost. I'll update you on that when I know the results.
It's a great way for us to start out 2012 though, knowing that for the majority of the children the care and good meals they get at Orchid Garden has paid off in the form of a clean bill of health from the Rocky Vista medical team.
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