Terez Malka, MD, a member of Carolinas HealthCare System's Emergency Medicine faculty, listens to patients as they describe their injuries during a makeshift clinic set up by Team Rubicon, a disaster response unit that Malka and other System physicians volunteered with following the earthquake in Nepal.
Photo courtesy of Team Rubicon
The earthquake in Nepal has left residents of Kathmandu and the surrounding area devastated. More than 8,000 people died and many more are without homes or access to basic needs, including medical care.
Dr. Lee Garvey, vice-chair of emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center and a member of the Carolinas MED-1 team mobile emergency hospital unit, is one of many physicians who headed to that area of the world in late April to provide aid. He joined two other System physicians – Nilesh Patel, MD and Sapana P. Adhikari, MD – on Team Rubicon, an American non-government organization (NGO) volunteer rescue team founded by two retired US Marines. Team Rubicon’s mission is to unite the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams where needed. Dr. Garvey has responded three times to domestic disasters with MED-1. Although terrain is rough and internet connection is unpredictable in Nepal, he has sent updates of the experience to Carolinas HealthCare System’s Daily Dose online magazine.
Here is an excerpt from one of Dr. Garvey’s excerpts:
“I’m back in Kathmandu, but only briefly – my group is leaving again at 05:30 (Tuesday) on our next assignment. We will be going with the Nepali national police to an area with a huge landslide up Northeast in the country. Not sure of the name of the area, fairly close to Tibet, I think. We are taking a medical team and a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle or drone) team with helicopter drones.”