Children
 Nepal
Project #10438

Heal children's lives with corrective surgery

by Children's Medical Aid Foundation
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Pre Op Photo
Pre Op Photo

In the USA when our babies are born the first thing we do is to check and make sure that all 10 toes and fingers are present and perfect.  In Nepal sometimes baby toes and fingers are not always so perfect.  Sometimes there are more then 10 toes or fingers or too few, webbed toes or other variations of deformity can also happen.  It is not known why this happens but among the possibilities are heredity or nutritional factors, lack of pre natal care, drugs taken during pregnancy may also play a part. 

 

Polydactyly

Sandip a 4 year old Boy was born with an extra dgit on both feet and unable to wear proper foot protection. The thought of a child never being able to wear boots in the rain or closed shoes to keep his feet warm during the winter is very sad.  With a relatively simple surgery Sandip will no longer be faced with wearing flip-flops for the rest of his life. That is a pretty significant accomplishment for the cost of a $200 donation.

 

Syndactyly

Sujan 5 year old Girl was born with 2 fingers on her right hand fused together.  Sujan was reluctant to go to school because of her abnormal-looking hand. She had been the subject of ridicule among her playmates and feared that she would be treated as an outcast due to superstitions about birth defects.  Sujan came to our attention while the mobile medical team was in Biratnagar during one of our screening camps. Functionally, her condition did not handicap her but if left untreated, the longer of the two fingers would hamper the growth of the shorter finger.

Learning that her fingers could be separated and look normal made her very happy. it usually takes 18 hours of bus travel to get to Kathmandu but Sujan only had to travel 4-5 hours to get to Biratnagar.  After her surgery in Biratnagar she is now in school and playing with her friends and enjoying life with her family. Instead of a life of isolation and limited opportunities she now has a promising future.

During this past year 80 surgeries were completed with thirty precent of these surgeries were performed at Kitipur Cleft & Burn Center  and 70% were performed by the mobile surgical team in13 rural outreach camps in Butwal, Nepalgang, Biratnagarr, Pokhara, and Suket.

 

* Names have been changed to protect privacy of patient.

20 toes = 2 too many
20 toes = 2 too many
10 Toes = Perfect
10 Toes = Perfect
Sujan 5 year old Girl
Sujan 5 year old Girl
Pre Op Photo
Pre Op Photo
Post Op Photo
Post Op Photo
Niru 3 year old girl
Niru 3 year old girl

Niru is a 3 year old girl that lost her part of her nose when she was only 1 week old.  Her parents had left her alone in the house during the day and upon returning found Niru bleeding and her nose partially gone.  It is believed that a rat ate her nose while unattended.  A post op picture of Niru's new nose on her smiling face will be sent in my next report.

It's not unusual for small infants to be left alone or under the care of a toddler while the parents are working in the field.  In high mountain areas and situations such as this, children under five are at very high risk for injury and burn.

Sahyata, a nonprofit organization from the SF Bay Area has been instrumental in identifying and referring children in need of corrective surgery to CMAF.  Niru, who lives in Humla close to the Tibetan border would have never been helped if not for Sahyata.  Sahyata will cover the cost of travel and CMAF will provide surgery, post op care and temporary housing.     It is very rewarding for everyone when nonprofits work together to benefit those in need.

(Niru is a fictional name)

 

Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center (KCBC), where our sponsored children receive care, is in a suburb of Kathmandu.  It survived the earthquake unlike many other hospitals.  KCBC does not turn anyone away due to cast, religion or inability to pay Today all hospital beds are filled, ICU is full, 3 ventilators are in use and patients are waiting for surgery.  This is indeed a strain on management of hospital supplies hospital and a challange for staff and doctors.  I am very happy to report that the hospital cafeteria has been able to keep up with the demand to provide nutritious meals for staff and patients.  Thank you for your donations that have provided corrective surgery for Nepali children.  You  have been instrumental in supporting the work of Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center.  Looking forward to your continued prayers and support.

 

 

 

 

 

His only son out of 5 children, with burn contracture,

Humla for a wk . While in Humla I met a 4 yr old with burn contractures on
>> left foot as a result of a burn when he was 6 mo old. I was hoping to
>> connect his family and him with the burn contracture reconstructive
>> surgery  program  

I just returned from Nepal 2 days ago. I was in
>> Humla for a wk . While in Humla I met a 4 yr old with burn contractures on
>> left foot as a result of a burn when he was 6 mo old. I was hoping to
>> connect his family and him with the burn contracture reconstructive
>> surgery  program at Model Hospital. He may benefit from reconstructive and
>> plastic surgery and perhaps physical therapy. Family is very poor and I
>> would be happy to raise funds for the travel from Humla to Kathmandu. I am
>> hoping that the team in Kathmandu can evaluate him to prevent further
>> debilitation.

Niru With Grandmother
Niru With Grandmother
Triage of Patients
Triage of Patients
View of Kathmandu Valley from Kirtipur
View of Kathmandu Valley from Kirtipur
Dipa 5yo girl with Syndactyly
Dipa 5yo girl with Syndactyly

Depa is a 5 year old girl living with 5 family members in a small house made of cement with a straw thatched roof.  Her home is in the foothills of the Himalayas in Eastern Nepal.  Her father earns a little money from his small teashop and manages to feed the family adequately most of the time. (Depa is a fictitious name)

Depa has a more complex case of syndactyly being that both hands and both feet are involved. This is a very brave girl with a strong desire to write and draw pictures.  Several surgical procedures are necessary to provide Depa with proper dexterity and ability to wear normal foot gear.  Each procedure will require healing time and physical therapy to optimize the results of surgery.   The first procedure on her left hand has healed and with hand therapy Depa is now able to hold a pen, is learn to write and draw pretty pictures.  A surgery date for her right hand will soon be scheduled.

Ultimately she will be wearing sneakers, running and playing outdoor games with her classmates.  She is indeed a lucky girl.  It is your support that allows Children's Medical Aid to help children like Dipa.  Thanks to everyone that has contributed to making a difference in the lives of Nepali children.  They truly love and appreciate you.

Six months after a massive earthquake in Nepal, scenes of devastation remain. Thousands of people have been left with nothing and are still living in camps for displaced families in Kathmandu.  Sargamatha Coffee and Children’s Medical Aid foundation (CMAF) have joined forces to help earthquake victims in Kavre District and improve living standards of poverty-stricken villagers. 

Sanjeeb Shrestha, coffee entrepreneur and humanitarian has introduced coffee farming as a social business and long range plan to improve lives of remote villagers.  In 2012 for the first time villagers had the opportunity to earn wages and lift themselves out of poverty.  A successful coffee harvest of rich Arabica beans took place in February 2015 before the earthquake. Those very special coffee beans are now being sold in San Francisco Bay to benefit 500 villagers.  This is not a temporary fix.  Growth in production and sales is anticipated with increased benefit to the surrounding villages for years to come. 

Prayers are always appreciated.  Please include Nepal in your prayers.

Left Hand    Before
Left Hand Before
Left Hand After
Left Hand After
Sorting of Coffe Beans by Hand
Sorting of Coffe Beans by Hand

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Kitchen crew at work
Kitchen crew at work

Since the original earthquake on April 25th, donations  have been received from supporters around the world that have helped in numerous ways. $11,000  helped to feed over 2,000 earthquake victims a week for 5 weeks, and other substantial donations of money and equipment have helped the hospital provide medical care directly to those who have been hardest hit.   We continue to provide free meals for hospitalized patients that are without funds.  Your generosity has helped us through the worst of the crisis. Things are starting to get back to normal. Good job everyone.

Kirtipur Hospital is one of the few hospitals that survived the earthquake with the ability to provide medical care.  The majority of injuries have been related to wounds and broken bones, and some burn injuries. Over 200 surgeries were completed free of charge and 800 earthquake victims were treated without reimbursement.  Due to the severity of an injury, several surgeries may be required to correct a problem and must be followed by dressing changes and therapy. Because of this several earthquake victims are still being treated by the hospital.  

We have seen a drop in the number of surgeries for disfigured children due to the hardships that the earthquake has imposed on familes.  This will change as the infrastructure improves and people can get back to normal lives.

Now it’s time to “help the hospital heal”.  Supplies need to be replenished.  Funds are needed to address the economic deficit and maintain services that are still very much needed by the community.

Eight bed post op ward (before)
Eight bed post op ward (before)
Post Op ward (after)
Post Op ward (after)
Medical consultaion over lunch
Medical consultaion over lunch

In response to the emergency situation in Nepal, Children's Medical Aid has adopted the task of feeding the medical staff, volunteers, patients and earthquake victims. Watch for our new project addressing this issue   soon to be posted.  We aim to feed 400 - 500 people per day.

There is a great deal of chaos in the city of Kathmandu. The city’s infrastructure is badly damaged and hospitals are overwhelmed and treating people out in the open. The government of India is sending help and there are other aid agencies like the Red Cross who are already there. There undoubtedly will be a great deal of social and political upheaval that will ensue.

Kirtipur Cleft & Burn is one of the few hospitals able to supply medical and surgical treatment.  Three  Orthopedic teams arrived to care for eartquake victims.  One of the Orthopedic doctors came all the way from South Africa to help. Several medical volunteers sponsored by ReSurg have arrived with medical supplies a few days ago.


"Although I am heartened and encouraged by the progress of the response to date, efforts need to be maintained and stepped up to ensure vital assistance reaches all those that have affected. 

Baby with injured arm is OK
Baby with injured arm is OK
Medical consultaion over lunch
Medical consultaion over lunch
Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center
Kirtipur Cleft & Burn Center
 

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Children's Medical Aid Foundation

Location: Sonoma, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.childrensmedaid.org
Project Leader:
Carol Vernal
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Sonoma, CA United States
$13,161 raised of $20,000 goal
 
113 donations
$6,839 to go
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