Foundation sends medical aid and expertise to Nepal


  • Lifestyle
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2015

An anaesthetist from Taiwan, together with Nepalese doctors performed a Ceasarean section on a woman who was 41 weeks pregnant. She gave birth to twins weighing 3kg and 2.9kg. Photo: Tzu Chi Foundation

Amidst the natural disaster, there is still hope and joy. In disaster-stricken Nepal, there was good news recently in the birth of twins early this month (May 3).

According to a news release from the Tzu Chi Foundation, a Taiwanese anaesthetist, together with Nepalese doctors, helped in an emergency Caesarean section involving a woman who was 41 weeks pregnant.

Dr Lin Chang-hung, director of the Department of Anaesthesiology, Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, was in Nepal to help with bone fracture surgery.

However, he was recruited to help local gynaecologists in an emergency delivery. Dr Lin helped to anaesthetise the pregnant woman for a Caesarean section.

Tzu Chi’s Disaster and Medical Relief Team pacified the terrified locals and provided medical relief to the injured in disaster-struck Nepal.
Tzu Chi’s Disaster and Medical Relief Team pacified the terrified locals and provided medical relief to the injured in disaster-struck Nepal.

The doctors successfully delivered a pair of twins weighing 3kg and 2.9kg, respectively.

A delighted Dr Lin posted on his Facebook: “New birth always brings hope and joy, especially so after a massive natural disaster.”

From April 29 to May 4, Tzu Chi’s Medical Relief Team to Nepal provided free medical services to about 1,000 survivors. The team brought in bone fixation instruments to treat 200 people with bone fractures.

Since May 2, a medical team comprising four orthopaedic surgeons and Dr Lin had performed surgery in a hospital that had unstable power supply and no air-conditioning. The four surgeons were Dr Chien Jui-teng (assistant superintendent of Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital), Dr Pan Yung-chien (superintendent of Guanshan Tzu Chi Hospital), Dr Tseng Hsiao-tsu (Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital) and Dr Liu Kuan-lin (Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital).

On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, and as of the end of April, it was reported that 5,000 people perished and over 9,200 were injured. About eight million people were affected by the quake, which caused massive destruction in Nepal.

On May 12, Nepal was hit by another strong earthquake which measured 7.4 on the Richter scale. The epicentre was at Namche Bazaar, less than 100km from Kathmandu.

Some volunteers of Tzu Chi’s Disaster and Medical Relief Team in Kathmandu en route to the disaster areas initially thought their vehicles had a flat tyre when tremors were felt, according to a statement by Tzi Chi Foundation.

There was also a blackout in the city. The team quickly sent images of the site through LINE (a communication app) to Tzu Chi’s headquarters in Taiwan.

Wire poles snapped and the streets were full of motorcycles, buses and terrified people. The locals said they were afraid of sleeping in their houses.

When the quake struck, Tzu Chi volunteers at the distribution sites in New Municipality Building and the Mayheswori tent site experienced a strong tremor. The relief distribution was interrupted.

The team was quick to pacify terrified residents, and soon after, resumed the distribution of daily necessities.

The team members also exchanged greetings and shared concerns of safety with the Taiwanese relief team from Fo Guang Shan and Red Cross to ensure all was well.

Since May 10, Tzu Chi Foundation had distributed relief supplies such as rice, sugar, oil and hygiene packs to about 5,900 families, benefitting some 20,000 people.

Tzu Chi volunteer Huang Fu Quan and a Nepalese interacted joyfully after he received supplies given by Tzu Chi Foundatio in Nepal recently..
Tzu Chi volunteer Huang Fu Quan and a Nepalese interacted joyfully after he received supplies given by Tzu Chi Foundatio in Nepal recently.

The team also provided medical relief to about 3,000 people, as well as 6,000 servings of hot meals.

On May 13, the fourth batch of Tzu Chi’s Disaster and Medical Relief Team (eight members from Malaysia) headed to Nepal. Tzu Chi in Malaysia brought relief supplies, including 1,400 multi-purpose folding beds.


Tzu Chi Foundation Malaysia has started a ‘Send Love to Nepal’ fund-raising campaign. Anyone who wants to ‘channel kindness’ can contact the Foundation’s chapters in KL and Selangor (03-6256 3800), Penang (04-228 1013), Malacca (06-281 0818) and Kedah (04-731 1013).

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