Nepal Earthquake

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, at 11:56am, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. The epicenter was approximately 50 miles west of Kathmandu, and about 65 miles west of Banepa, where Scheer Memorial Hospital is located. The initial quake was felt at the hospital, as well as the continuing aftershocks.

Because buildings were not considered safe, medical staff immediately set up an emergency operating room in the hospital courtyard. A C-section was performed within hours. Deccan Herald reported the event.

None of the Nepalese or foreign doctors and staff were injured in the earthquake. However, everyone who lives on the compound slept outside the first night because of aftershocks.

Only one wall in the oldest part of the hospital was cracked, otherwise the buildings are intact. However the quake and aftershocks caused damage to many homes and businesses in the villages around the hospital. Some of the staff who do not live on the compound have lost their homes.

The medical staff has worked tirelessly to treat the injured. By Monday morning, 204 patients had been admitted.

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