Merlin, the charity which I have been helping out as a trustee, is sending a specialist team to earthquake-struck Indonesia, and needs your support. You can donate to Merlin here, or to the Disaster Emergency Committee here, find out more about the mission here, and follow the Facebook page here. Here’s a description of the team and what they’re going to be doing:
Merlin has sent out a surgical team to treat some of the thousands of people injured in the recent earthquake in Indonesia.
The team, the first 4 of whom have already arrived in Jakarta and are making their way to Padang tomorrow morning, includes two surgeons, an anaesthetist, two nurses, a health coordinator and a project coordinator. Theyâ€™ll be taking surgical equipment and medical supplies with them, ready to perform emergency surgery and deal with traumatic injuries as soon as they arrive.
Paula Sansom, Merlinâ€™s Emergency Response Manager says: â€œThousands of people have been trapped under buildings and are suffering from broken bones and abdominal trauma. There is an urgent need for surgical staff and equipment.â€
The main hospital in Padang, which was the only one equipped to perform surgery, was severely damaged and only two hospitals are functioning.
One of the surgeons, Asad Syed, is an Irish orthopaedic and trauma consultant, currently working at a hospital in North Wales. He has experience of working in the aftermaths of earthquakes, having worked as a surgeon following the earthquakes in China in 2008 and Kashmir in 2005. During his missions, he performed daily operations, involving complex limb injuries and tissue loss, and also helped to train local surgeons.
Flora Henderson, from Buckden in Cambridgeshire, has over 15 years experience in nursing, most recently specialising as a theatre nurse at a hospital in Cambridgeshire.
Sean Keogh, a former A&E consultant, joins the team as a health assessor looking at the more medium/long term health needs. He has worked in Indonesia before, having worked on Merlinâ€™s response following the tsunami in 2004.
The team will be led by Diego Moroso, who previously worked as an operational coordinator for Merlin in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
If you can spare some cash to help the team out, it’ll be put to immediate and essential use. Please do what you can.