While still in hospital, Ed was approached by a charity called Neverest Orthopeadics. A team mate of Ed's from Wasps’s father had worked with them for years and thought he might be interested in their latest endeavour.
Neverests founder, Rohan Rajan, is a professor of orthopaedics, biomechanics and gait at the University of Derby. His intention? To use his wealth of experience in order to train junior surgeons to become better than himself. Furthermore, his charitable efforts aim to increase the teaching of orthopaedics particularly spinal injuries, in one of the world’s poorest countries, Nepal.
Currently, the mortality rate from spinal cord injury in Nepal is high. These mostly occur from road and fruit picking accidents and tend to come from the most marginalised bracket of society. There is no government funding for rehabilitation and life in a wheelchair in one of the most mountainous countries in the world is not easy. The sad fact is that for most Nepalese who suffer a spinal cord injury their life is over. With high levels of poverty and almost all work being physically intensive a person who cannot work just becomes another mouth that can’t afford to be fed. This results in many people with debilitating injuries being left to fend for themselves on the streets.
There is hope....
With the help of charity and
corporate funding a team of pioneering doctors
and businessman established Nepals very first spinal unit just outside Kathmandu.
An incredible endeavour that has proved overwhelmingly successful in giving patients and their families a second chance at life. There is however a limited amount of space which means only a small percentage of the people that require help are able to be catered for.
With this in mind the plan is to build a second spinal unit in Chitwan but without any support from the government for rehabilitation all of the money will have to be raised from outside support.
So we climb.....
to build this.....
a fully functioning spinal unit to cater and care for those that currently receive little to no treatment for the life threatening injuries that are frighteningly common in Nepal.