George Taylor, MD, a Children’s Hospital radiologist, recently traveled 7,385 miles from Boston to Kathmandu, to teach and consult with the newly revamped radiology department at Patan Hospital, a city hospital taking care of poor and indigent families from across Nepal.
Taylor, who was accompanied by his daughter, Kate, a third- year pediatric resident at Children’s, as well as Dr. Nancy Barnett, a close friend and pediatric dermatologist, says the trip left him feeling inspired by the dedication of the doctors at Patan Hospital. “We saw them take care of very sick children with compassion and a great deal of clinical judgment in an environment where resources were very limited,” he says.
In 2007, Taylor oversaw the donation of 16 intensive care monitors provided by Children’s Hospital to the Patan Hospital. “The equipment helped immensely in establishing a new pediatric intensive care unit and upgrading the existing neonatal ICU,” he said. “Yet, basic equipment such as isolettes was still in short supply, making it necessary to keep premies in the warming isolettes for only a short while until another baby came a long who needed it more acutely.”
Taylor says he would like to return to the Patan Hospital and maintain an ongoing connection with its staff. The hospital is establishing a medical school to train physicians from underserved remote communities in Nepal so that they can go back and practice in their villages and provide care to patients that would otherwise have to travel over a day to a medical care facility. Currently, life expectancy in rural Nepal is only 34 years and the maternal mortality rate is as high as eight per 1000 deliveries. “For me, the possibility of teaching of radiology and anatomy to medical students and young physicians at Patan would be a wonderful way to make a difference in this part of the world”, says Taylor.