BENEFITING: HOSPITAL SISTERS MISSION OUTREACH CORPORATION
A Dire Need
It is heartbreaking to see these words used to describe the beautiful, ancient country of Nepal.
The numbers are equally heartbreaking:
510,762 homes destroyed
2.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance
More than 1,000 health facilities destroyed
At Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, we work with 63 hospital partners in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Missouri to bring medical supplies and equipment to 87 developing nations, including Nepal. We have assisted hospitals and clinics in these countries with over $50 million in life-saving supplies. In response to the devastation in Nepal, we are identifying partners and mobilizing our resources with the goal of providing critical medical supplies and equipment.
“Even as international aid pours into the country, overwhelmed hospitals are lacking vital medical supplies, people remain buried in the wreckage of buildings and rescuers are struggling to reach hard-hit rural areas.” – CNN Representative
Selena Dohal’s Story
An ambulance arrives, and a young girl with a bandaged head and badly blackened eye is rushed into Kathmandu's Bir Hopital. She is eight year old Selena Dohal and her skull was fractured when the massive earthquake shook her neighborhood to the ground on Saturday. Blood has collected on top of her brain, in the right frontal area, and she urgently needs surgery to remove the clots.
The hospital is in ruins. Selena’s surgery is performed in a makeshift operating room across the street. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon and CNN's chief medical correspondent, has scrubbed up at the request of a Nepalese medical team to help with the operation.
The conditions are less than ideal. Gupta washes up using sterile water and iodine poured from a bottle rather than hot water from a scrub sink. Instead of electric drills, he relies on saws of the variety usually only used in war zones and natural disasters due to the lack of electricity.
Despite the suboptimal conditions, the operation is a success, and her prognosis is good, Gupta says. It might not look it, but Selena is one of the lucky ones.
"I've seen a lot of situations around the world, and this is as bad as I've ever seen it," Gupta says.
(Story by CNN)
A Call for Help
"They need more resources, they need more personnel here right now, and they're expecting many more patients as these rescue operations go on…Hospitals are running short on supplies despite international efforts to rush in aid.” – CNN Representative
Heartbreaking scenes of suffering and loss are playing out across the shell-shocked nation of Nepal. We are praying for the victims, their families and for the first wave of relief workers who are conducting rescue and emergency response operations. The victims in Nepal have received supplies from Mission Outreach and we will be ready to send additional medical supplies and equipment as Nepal rebuilds its healthcare system.
Make a donation today. For every dollar donated, Mission Outreach will send $7.30 worth of medical supplies and equipment. Together, we can send hope and healing to those suffering.