The conditions in Nepal make disease very common, the school was no exception.
The educational and construction-based mission turned into more of a medical mission for me. The children here definitely work hard and play harder. With the outdoor activities and overpopulation of insects comes a lot of minor cuts and swellings.
As under qualified as I am, I still felt the responsibility to take care of the students here. Using only the knowledge I accumulated over the past two years, I found myself busy cleaning wounds and dressing them up. As the days went by more students would come to me complaining about pain.
Seeing the children look up to me as a ‘doctor’ was heartwarming but at the same time made me feel inadequate that as a medical student I could not do more to help. If only I had one more year behind me or if only I was actually a doctor, I would know so much more. It didn’t help that there were limited supplies of medication and equipment and that the environment wasn’t very sanitary, but I still tried my best.
Although managing to help the children I exhausted some of our members’ supplies, which I would like to apologise for (sorry Kristof and Hayley).
Through this experience I was once again reminded why I wanted to study medicine. It was great to know that I hadn’t lost the drive that I had in secondary school.
Ex-president (now also known as Doctor)