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October 4, 2017 - Steady As We Go

It’s hard to believe it’s Wednesday already.  Time really flies during surgical camps.   The small group of volunteers has a great camaraderie and is staying well.   Tuesday’s cases totaled 15, with a wide assortment of diagnosis / procedures.

Chitwan Medical College Teaching Hospital delivers 20 – 30 babies each day on a regular basis, however this week the hospital is booming with deliveries with the approaching full moon tomorrow.  The high number of C-Sections is making operating room availability a challenge and the Op Med Gynecology/Obstetrics volunteers have pitched in to perform several C-sections.  Of interest was a C-section delivery of a baby with Dandy Walker Syndrome.  Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM) is a brain malformation that occurs during embryonic development of the cerebellum and 4th ventricle. The cerebellum is the area of the brain that helps coordinate movement, and is also involved with cognition and behavior.

Another remarkable case was performed by our plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenneth R. Arthur along with the local plastic surgeon Dr. Budhi Nath Adhikari.  The patient was a 51-year-old male who while climbing a treat to pick some fruit reached for a branch and inadvertently grabbed onto a live electrical wire causing extensive burns / destruction to both hands.  Everyone was astounded that the patient was not electrocuted.   Dr. Arthur worked on the left hand while Dr. Adhikari worked on the right hand.  Amazingly enough, the patient reported no pain in the post-operative unit.

Time to get busy with Wednesday’s work.  Check back for updates.