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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.

Ureteric reimplantation

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: June 24th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Rama (name changed) was a twenty year old girl who had been leaking urine since birth. She had shown many doctors who had given her no hope. She had come to accept that she would always leak and smell of urine. Investigations at LWH showed that she had a duplex kidney on the left side with double ureters, the ectopic ureter opening into the vagina. She underwent a ureteric reimplantation into the bladder. On waking up from the anesthesia, her first recollections was to joyfully realise that she was now dry!

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Bronchoscopy in Manali

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: June 17th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Bronchoscopy in ManaliBronchoscopy is now being performed routinely by Dr. Anna. We are very grateful to Dr. Suresh Rajendran who made this possible.

Ileocecal tuberculosis

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: June 17th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Rama (name changed) had been sick ever since she delivered her child eight months ago. She had been to many doctors in many cities with no respite. Her condition continued to deteriorate. She was admitted in other hospitals and was brought to us two weeks ago with abdominal pain. Investigations revealed a right sided abdominal mass. She was too sick to be operated upon straightaway since her blood pressure was barely recordable. She was built up and then taken up for surgery. A large right sided ileocecal  mass was found with multiple perforations and fecal fistulae. She underwent a right hemicolectomy and proximal and distal ends were brought out as stomas. She withstood the surgery  and is now on the road to recovery. She turned out to have abdominal tuberculosis.

Dr. Padmaja performing laparoscopic gynaecology

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: June 17th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Dr. Padmaja is performing routine laparoscopic gynaecology in Manali. Here she is shown performing a ovarian cystotomy and removal of a fimbrial cyst assisted by Dr. Sarah. Thank you for providing these services to the people of the region.

Dr. Padmaja and Dr. Sarah performing laparoscopy