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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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Jumble sale

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

Anything that was not used by our staff for over a year at home was put up for a jumble sale, added to items generously donated by the owners of Cafe Bella Vista here in Manali. A whole range of items, from baby clothes to designer suits to bric a brac went on sale, and was sold at the hospital. All proceeds will go towards the poor patients fund. This is a great way to clean out cupboards and do a whole lot of good! Hoarders beware, this may be the end of the habit!

Thanks to Pushpa and Sister Victoria and Maya who worked hard organising everything.

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Medical camp in Byasar

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: August 9th, 2012 | 0 Comments

A medical camp was held in Byasar on 28th of July 2012. Byasar is situated at the top of a winding road that takes off from NH 21 above Raison.The narrow road wove through deodhar forests and even wound through clouds that scudded along the road, which was a surreal “walking in the clouds” experience.

One hundred and eighty seven patients were seen by three doctors. The physiotherapy, dental, eye departments were also kept busy. Medicines were dispensed free to patients, blood pressures taken and this village with a large population were very appreciative of the service.  A quick sit down tasty meal finished the day prior to our return to Manali.

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The rains are here

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: August 6th, 2012 | 0 Comments

It has been raining here constantly. Bridges in Dhundhi and Solan have been washed away. A cloudburst in Rangri washed away two cars. The road is still accessible and traffic continues to ply. This is just another year in Manali. We thank Him for protection over us. The river is swollen, and quite impressive to look at as it rushes by.

Season of camps

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: July 20th, 2012 | 0 Comments

This will be a season of camps. The summer months mark the window of opportunity for us to travel and also for the local people to avail of facilities. Despite it being also a season of  apple harvest, we will manage to conduct a series of camps in the local areas. We are also hoping to be able to map the specific locations of these camps on GPS which was gifted to us by Dr. Jay recently.