Dr. Chekka has felt the call to aid the thousands of victims of the devastating 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. As of April 26th, he has joined other physicians in Nepal to provide medical care. His humanitarian efforts can be supported at www.OperationWalkChicago.com
The recent 7.9 magnitude earthquake has devastated the Kathmandu Valley. Early estimates are that thousands of people are dead; this figure will likely rise dramatically. Scores more will need costly orthopedic care.
Unfortunately, there are less than 200 trained orthopedic surgeons in Nepal — a country of nearly 29 million people. Nepal is also one of the poorest countries in the world. The earthquake that has devastated so much of the Kathmandu Valley is one of the largest in decades.
Nepal Orthopedic Hospital, dedicated to the charitable care of the poor, is one of the few Nepalese hospitals providing contemporary orthopedic care. Over the last 5 years, Operation Walk Chicago has partnered with Nepal Orthopedic Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal to develop a joint replacement program and upgrade their orthopedic surgery capacity.
“Fortunately, Nepal Orthopedic Hospital is standing,” reports Victoria Brander, MD, co-founder and Director of Operation Walk Chicago. “But there are trauma patients on the lawn, in the stairwells and hallways awaiting triage and care. They are operating in a makeshift theatre on the ground floor because everyone is afraid of the continuous aftershocks. The system is overwhelmed. They are in desperate need of resources — blood donations, money, surgeons, nurses, fresh water. Everything.”
Unbelievable devastation from the earthquake.