Thank You For Your Support
A big thanks from Cardiostart to Margherita Bonfante Scott, RN, RDCS, and her friends at the Clayton Rotary in North Carolina!
27 April 2015
Margo Scott, a Clayton Rotarian, works for Cardiostart International that provides medical services to underserved regions of the world. She was scheduled to head to Dhulikel Hospital, Nepal with her team May 1 – 16 on a cardiology and teaching mission.
On Saturday, a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal and neighboring countries, killing more than 3,700 people and injuring thousands of others.
The earthquake leveled buildings and caused landslides in rural areas. Aftershocks have led many to sleep in the streets for safety. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. With the earthquake, phone lines are down, roads are badly damaged, and hospitals are running out of supplies. Because of that, a major search and rescue effort which is required will be especially tough.
The team is still planning on heading to Nepal, but now to provide humanitarian medical relief. Earlier this spring, two containers were shipped to Nepal full of supplies that are already there. Some supplies are strictly cardiac surgery related, but much of the rest can be used for trauma.
By Thursday, April 30, there will be a gathering at Rainbow Lanes, Clayton for Margo to take with her to Nepal, when she leaves on May 1 the following items:
– surgical medical supplies, gloves, masks, syringes, tape, bandages, etc.
– light weight quality tents and sleeping bags, as hotels have been destroyed
– water filtering systems are vital and cost about $100 each
– suitcases to transport the materials
We would also like to raise at least $2,000 so Margo can purchase any additional supplies before she leaves. She also needs cash available to purchase supplies in Nepal as ATM and credit are not available due to limited electricity.
Margo has worked on missions in Peru, Dominican Republic and Brazil. During these missions, she realized how often Rotary was paying for hotels and transportation. Margo is a member of the Clayton Rotary Club.
This volunteer organization’s mission is to educate and assist local medical teams in providing heart surgery and cardiac services to adults and children in underserved regions of the world. The group has provided cardiac care on 55 missions in 27 countries.