STRAIGHT FROM THE GUT: Nepal Earthquake: The Chronicle of a foreign physic - PHILLIP SHEPPARD

“Finally, a smile!” The rehab team and I celebrated for a moment while working with a 7 year old Nepalese girl who had sustained a life altering above knee amputation as a result of debris falling on her leg during the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal on April 25th, 2015.

At last she was happy to see us and showed us that beautiful smile. But, this wasn’t always the case. At the beginning, this young girl was reluctant to have anyone near her. She had been through a horrific event and sustained a traumatic injury. Like everyone else on the 5th floor of the National Trauma Centre in Kathmandu, she was scared. Scared because of what she had been through, the threat of aftershocks and the rumors of another “big one”. She didn’t understand the importance of exercise and positioning and how that would help her later on. Luckily, there were physiotherapist and occupational therapists that did.

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