WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center pediatric intensivist Dr. Manish Bajracharya, MD, is heading home to Nepal in June for a four-week medical mission trip. The trip comes as first responders and emergency crews continue to sift through the wreckage and provide aid to millions of people injured and left homeless after two devastating earthquakes.
“Thankfully my family is safe, but there are so many injured people suffering from the loss of loved ones and their homes,” Dr. Bajracharya said. “It is a true humanitarian crisis right now in Nepal, and with the devastation so close to home, I knew I had to go and help.”
On April 25, and again on May 12, Nepal suffered devastating earthquakes that claimed the lives of nearly 9,000 people and created scenes of widespread destruction across the country.
“It’s such a poor, fragile country to begin with,” Dr. Bajracharya said. “It will take many years for Nepal to rebuild and for the people to recover from such devastation.”
Dr. Bajracharya said he is hoping to put his medical skills to good use on his trip.
“Some of my family and friends are working directly with the injured people to help with food, shelter, water, sanitation and medical needs,” he said. “I’m ready to help wherever they need me.”
Many Wesley employees have made financial contributions to aid in relief efforts. In addition, HCA, Wesley’s parent company, announced earlier this month that that the company will give up to $1 million to support the relief efforts of three international disaster relief organizations.
HCA will donate $250,000 to Doctors Without Borders and $250,000 to MedShare International, a non-profit that redistributes surplus medical supplies and equipment to those in need. HCA will also match up to $500,000 of donations from HCA employees and vendors to the American Red Cross.
Originally from Katmandu, Nepal, Dr. Bajracharya joined Wesley’s PICU in 2013 following a pediatric critical care fellowship at The University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. There, he cared for children at Children’s Medical Center. In addition to providing care in Wesley’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, he also practices in the Pediatric Sedation Unit and teaches Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support. He is also educated on the pediatric areas of management of trauma, HIV/AIDS and palliative care. Dr. Bajracharya will be one of four intensivists to care for children in Wesley’s new children’s hospital.
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