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Christmas baby

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: December 21st, 2012 | 1 Comments

Baby of Amy – a Christmas message of hope


Baby of Amy (name changed) was born to a mother who had previously had a stillborn child here in Manali. The husband is a tailor here and is basically from another state. The child was born by a Caesarean section and developed severe respiratory distress after birth. An x ray revealed that both lungs had fluid, probably from the baby aspirating fluid inside the mothers womb. The gestational age of the baby was at 36 weeks,  the mother not being absolutely sure of her dates and some discrepancy with the ultrasound estimation of the dates. The family was not able to transport the baby to a higher centre. The child was first given oxygen through a special apparatus engineered here in Manali, but then developed a pneumothorax ( a small hole in the lungs) which needed a chest tube. The child went on to need intubation and ventilation. For the first time in the history of Manali a child this small was ventilated with our ventilators, with the able assistance and supervision of pediatrician Dr. Feico, who just happened to be here at the time. If he was not here, we may not have had the guts to ventilate this small baby. Night and day vigils at the baby’s bedside with our doctors and staff in constant attendance eventually bore fruit and the baby stabilized, was gradually taken off the ventilator and was handed over to the beaming parents. The child was discharged last week, a true Christmas baby and a testament to God’s faithfulness in answering our prayers.


This  family would truly rejoice as this baby lights up their world just as the world rejoices remembering Christ’s arrival to light up its darkness.

Thanks to Feico and Madeline

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: November 30th, 2012 | 0 Comments

We were blessed to have Drs. Feico and Madeline with us for the last four months. Drs Feico and Madeline had visited Manali when they were young doctors and since have visited us again together and separately. In fact, Manali was a common interest for them which drew them together, and now they return to us with their three lovely children, Reuben, Mathias and Elske.

Dr. Feico was a great help, and had a lot of patients waiting to see him since he was the only pediatrician, and in his tenure here it so happened that we got a series of very sick neonates, all of whom have survived and done well under his care.

Dr. Madeline helped out in the opd and also in arranging the transfer of a sick Dutch national back to his homeland. (see the article on “Beyond the call of duty”).

While here they were also able to attend clinics in Spiti and Madgram.

It was lovely having them here with us, and as they leave us today, we send them with our blessings and thanks, knowing how much it would have cost them to take time away from their practice at home to be with us.

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Drs. Feico and Madeline

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: November 18th, 2012 | 0 Comments

We thank Drs Feico and Madeline who have volunteered here with us since August. Dr. Feico has relieved Dr. Anna of a huge burden of pediatric patients and managed some very complicated pediatric and neonatal patients. Dr. Madeline has also volunteered in our opd clinic, and has been the chief person instrumental in being able to arrange the transfer of Dutch National back to his homeland. Their family with their three energy filled kids have added zest and zip to all campus functions, and two kids have even celebrated their birthdays here in Manali!

We thank you for all your help.

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Manali hospital in the Emfi conference

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: November 11th, 2012 | 0 Comments

The EMFI biennial national conference was held in Mahabalipuram this year from the 25th to the 28th of October. Drs. Philip and Anna Alexander took the student sessions on “Current concerns in health care and missions”.  Six hundred delegates attended, of whom about four hundred were students. This was an unprecedented number for any emfi conference. God blessed the conference with good weather, though a hurricane Nilam swept through just after it finished! It was good time of renewing old friendships and creating new ones.


Manali Medical Aid project

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: October 15th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Click here to go to the project site. We thank the University of queensland students for making this possible. We look forward to their visit here with us.

Hospital picnic

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: October 10th, 2012 | 0 Comments

The whole hospital went in batches to Dhundhi, and had a picnic. A picnic organisation committee with Luder Chand, Sunil Verma, Thampy John, Tikmu and Hukum Daniel had outdone themselves in organising the whole thing, including tents, cooking tent, music and dancing out in the wilderness. Ms. Shoba Sreekumaran of Open Doors Mumbai was the resource person who took all the staff through interactive games in team building. A wonderful time was had by all.

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Ovarian tumour

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: September 5th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Mrs. Y came to us with the knowledge of a mass in her abdomen for many years.  A ct demonstratied what looked like an ovarian tumour. She underwent a surgery and this was removed successfully. At surgery it was found torted and gangrenous. She was so stoic that she had only demonstrated mild tenderness the day before!

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Impressive Bladder stones

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: August 19th, 2012 | 1 Comments

Dut Kali (name changed) was a middle aged Nepali lady who  presented with long standing inability to pass urine and pain in the lower abdomen. She had undergone an operation in Nepal which failed to cure her. She was diagnosed with bladder stones and underwent a surgery last week succesfully. The entire family was very impressed with the size of the stones.

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Achalasia cardia

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: August 16th, 2012 | 1 Comments

A young girl presented with the inability to eat and food sticking in the throat. Investigations revealed achalasia cardia. She underwent a successful modified Hellers  and Belsey Mark IV gastroplasty through the thoracic approach. Photographs are attached. We are grateful for the teamwork and for His hand of protection over us. This girl was not able to go elsewhere to get this attended to because of financial constraints.

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Autoanalyser and hematology machine

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: August 14th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Thanks to TOUCH ministry we have a new autoanalyser which will perform electrolytes and blood gas analysis and also a new hematology automatic machine which will give us the entire hemogram. These machines will allow us to continue to take care of our sick patients appropriately. Thanks, friends.

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