Nepali Doctor Set an Example: Didn't Leave Patient on Operation Table after the Earthquake

. 4/30/15

You may not have heard about this courageous 33 year old Gynecologist Dr. Ram Prasad Sapkota working in government run Prasuti Griha hospital in Kathmandu, but the 33-year-old doctor has become a hero in the Nepalese capital's neighborhood after Saturday's devastating earthquake.

When the earthquake struck, he and his nursing assistant refused to abandon a pregnant woman who had already lost her unborn child. Had the five-kilogram stillborn baby not been delivered, the mother faced certain death.

"I was stitching up her uterus when the tremors came. I had to keep it (uterus) closed to stop severe bleeding. There was no question of evacuating the building as she would have died within minutes," Sapkota told to the news agency.

Seemingly brought to life by the tremors, the cautery machine- used to stop heavy bleeding- darted towards the gynecologist and struck him, the table fan toppled and surgical instruments flew off the table as Dr. Sapkota held on to his patient.

"I was petrified as I had read somewhere that if a quake were to hit Nepal, Prasuti Griha and Bir government hospital would be the first buildings to be flattened," said Sapkota.

The surgery was successful; the woman saved.

We salute you Dr. Ram Prasad Sapkota! 

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