From a Doctor’s Perspective

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.

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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.

 

Woojin Chae

Ex-president (now also known as Doctor)

 

 

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