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Helping, and learning, through disaster relief in India

After an earthquake and as many as 60,000 deaths, Yale students and physicians help shore up health system.

Midway through their 10-day trip to western India in March to help with earthquake-relief efforts, a team of Yale students and physicians visited the Children’s Hospital in Bhuj, a city near the earthquake’s epicenter. Shantiben Patel, M.D., the hospital director, had set up tents outside the damaged building and was seeing patients when the team arrived. “She had been working six weeks straight, day and night,” said Raj Krishnamurthy, M.D., who practices internal medicine at the VA hospital in West Haven and was a preceptor for the team. “She didn’t have a day off. She was the only pediatrician in the whole area.”Patel quickly put the Yale team to work seeing outpatient visitors while she tended to the...

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