Humanity, Teamwork, and Art in Post-Earthquake Nepal

The NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL of MEDICINE

Renee N. Salas, M.D.

April 25, 2015, began like any other day at the remote Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) clinic in Pheriche, Nepal, where I’d been working as a volunteer physician for the past 6 weeks.

Days had passed quickly while our team cared for international trekkers and climbers, as well as local Nepalis, treating routine illnesses and addressing high altitude emergencies. But on this day around noon, the ground began quaking beneath my feet as I sat in our living space. My bewilderment quickly dissipated as I darted outdoors to join the rest of the village in the open spaces. Time seemed to slow as I watched buildings crumble through a haze of dust and snow. Screams filled the air.

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Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal

Dhobichaur, Lazimpat (North Gate of the Royal Palace)
P.O. Box No. 4944,
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977-1-4440292 / 4440293
Fax: +977-1-4411956
E-mail : hra@mail.com.np

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