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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

Large Bladder stone removed

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

Prakash (name changed) had sustained a pelvic fracture in 2000 and sustained a rupture urethra for which he had a suprapubic cystostomy till 2002 when he underwent a urethroplasty here in our hospital. He had recurrent problems with what he said were pieces of catheter obstructing his urine stream. He came to us last week with a persistant leak via his old spc site and the inability to pass any urine at all. Investigations revealed a huge dumbell shaped bladder stone completely obstructing the bladder neck. He underwent cystolithotomy and removal of this stone and dilatation of his stricture urethra successfully.

 

Dr. Anne Philip visits

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: June 11th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Dr. Anne Philip is a visiting obstetrician from Luton, UK. She will be with us for one week. We welcome her. For the first time possibly in the history of LWH, we have three obstetricians on campus!

Blogging, tweeting, facebooking and other activities

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

The mountains surrounding Manali are like the walls of a  fortress. I am often reminded of the verse in the Bible that calls on us to lift up our eyes to the hills. Their constant and majestic presence are a reminder of the all pervading constancy of Gods mercy. The morning sunrays changing shadows to burnished gold are a reminder of His diurnal faithfulness.

We hope to now send you messages from these mountains. The internet superhighway has now made mundane meditations of anonymous hermits like me accessible. I hope to be able to allow those who are interested share in the events in the mountain fortress that is Manali. I will focus particularly the goings on in the  hospital that serves and sees so much love, life and also tragedy on a daily basis.

Please do write in with suggestions and yes, demands, and please do spend your precious time to glance at these smoke signals from the mountains. I will do my best to keep them succint.

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PCNL done in Manali

Posted by: Philip Alex | Posted on: October 13th, 2010 | 4 Comments

Dr. Tara Chand Sharma performed two PCNLs in manali succesfully. Patients are doing well. We  hope to offer this soon here, which will be a boon to the patients. IMAG0096