Nepal Medical Camp 2009
Here is just a little update from our medical camp. It was a huge success we are able to see and treat 1036 patients, do over 500 extractions, over 100 fillings, hundreds of eye exams, glasses, general medicine, pharmacy, etc… to say it was life changing would be a huge understatement. I will give you an example and this is normal: one gentleman had walked for three days to get there (up and down the Himalaya’s), he was 85 years old, we extracted eight teeth (that had been troubling him for what he said was 20 years probably longer he could not remember). Doctor Frankie who I was assisting told me after the man left that the poison that the infections were putting into his system should have killed him, and in a week or so after he was done with the antibiotics he would feel better than he has in 30 years. This is just one of hundreds of stories from this trip because of all of you and your support we were able to literally save and change lives in a way I never thought possible.
As you know after the Medical Camp we went on a charity trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC). The short version is it was one of the hardest things I have ever done (mostly because I was sick for the last ten days). It took us twelve days to reach EBC and four days to get back to Lukla and yes everyone made it all the way. The weather ranged from a high 65F in the day to below freezing every night, for example when you would wake up in the morning your water bottle would be frozen, and during the day we would need to layer because as the day went on you would get hot and need to shed the layers to keep from getting sick. So after over half the team getting the flu (probably swine flu since it was there) and the rest getting food poisoning. We finally made it!!!! I attached a picture (and yes that is a magnum of David Arthur Elevation 1147 in my hand).
We did a very cool sponsorship for the the Rainbow House and here is how it ended up! We recruited our friends, family, co-workers, etc… The idea was that they would sponsor by the foot from .01 to .10 per foot of elevation that we were able to climb. As most of you probably already know base camp is at 17,700 feet and although we did go a little higher we agreed in advance that would be the limit. So if you were .01 per foot your total was $177.00 bucks and those that di more you get the idea.
This adventure has opened eyes, inspired minds, and enlightened hearts. The repercussions will create waves of good for years to come and none of this would have been possible without your support. With your sponsorship of this trip we were able to raise over twelve thousands of dollars for the Rainbow House and their amazing children. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts!