Operating with No Instruments

Tucked into the town of Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh, Harriet Benson Memorial Hospital (HBMH) is a mixture of the old and the new. Many of the buildings and equipment date back to 1934 when hospital services began, and it shows. Other facilities like the white and yellow staff housing building below were built in the last few years. In the past, the hospital has been active and busy, but the last few years have seen them struggle to make ends meet, mostly due to doctor attrition. Thankfully, a new younger doctor couple have come to serve at HBMH, and they have brought new life. Dr. Thomas is an orthopedic surgeon and Dr. Madhurita is an anesthetist and intensive medicine specialist, but they are covering all of the general medical care their patients need. They were both offered multiple lucrative offers using their specialties in south India, but they chose to follow the call and serve at HBMH.

Recently, a patient came in with a gangrenous foot and leg, needing an amputation, but so far Dr. Thomas doesn’t even have the basic surgical tools for such a procedure. Another EHA hospital three hours away loaned him the tools, but these items and many more pieces of equipment are needed to make the hospital functional once again. If you feel led to give to help meet this hospital’s needs, go to our Donate page, click the Hospitals button, and then choose HBMH in the dropdown menu.