2018 Camp

During December 10-17, 2018, a medical team of 53 members, including faculties, residents, interns and medical students from NSU, Florida, USA, provided medical and dental care to over 1200 patients. The camp was organized by KJP Charitable Trust at the healthcare facility in Ahwa, Dang, India, along with seven local specialist doctors from nearby cities and the USA, bringing the total to 60 team members. The facility is now named as Dr. Kiran C. Patel Multi-Specialty Hospital. All 60 members of the team stayed at the project site for the entire week, as the residential facilities were already completed and fully functional.
The patients who attended the camp varied from children to the elderly, who had been unable to receive proper care in Dang and surrounding areas. Out of over 1200 patients, some were screened and transported to the local hospitals for surgical procedures. A life-saving amputation surgery was performed on a 10 year old boy with an aggressive form of gangrene in his right foot. Sunil’s Story
Many problems the patients exhibited could have been prevented or treated if there were an accessible and affordable healthcare facility in their local areas. This is one reason a permanent healthcare facility is being built with the active participation of foreign doctors, donors, and funding from the Richard Condorelli Memorial Foundation, and Dr. Kiran C. Patel of Tampa, FL, USA. The facility, when fully functional, will strive to make improvements in the healthcare indices of the entire tribal population of Dang, and surrounding areas.
There was an active and noticeable presence of faculties and students from the NSU School of Public Health. They carried out a wide range of projects related to healthcare needs of the tribal populations, as well as possible solutions. The results of their mini-projects were presented in a function organized by NSU; with very encouraging promises for the 2019 Camp.
The members of the medical team had an extremely gratifying experience for their much-needed help to many needy tribal patients of the area. All patients appreciated the team’s sincere interest in their healthcare needs and the compassion they rendered to all. The team members enjoyed other sight-seeing activities, including the incredible experience of paragliding, camel rides, etc, as well as a visit to explore the city of Mumbai.

Camp Souvenir 2016

During December 15 – 20, 2016, a medical team of 75 members including faculties, residents, interns and medical students from NOVA Southeastern University Medical School, FL, USA and Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Alabama, USA, provided medical care to more than 1,192 patients. The medical camp was organized by KJP Charitable trust at the VAD facility along with some local specialist doctors from nearby cities.

The patients varied from children to the elderly who have been unable to receive proper care from Dang and surrounding areas. Out of over a thousand patients, 17 patients were transported to the local hospital where 3 were for life-saving procedures.

Most problems the patients were exhibiting could have all been treated if there was an accessible and affordable healthcare facility in their area. This is why we strive to continually make improvements to the tribal area through the Richard Condorelli Memorial Foundation.

Please visit the, “How We Help” tab to read the inspirational story of Sunil Chaudhari, an 18-year-old boy whose life was transformed due to the Richard Condorelli Memorial Foundation at the VAD camp this trip.

UPDATE: After numerous successful medical camps, NOVA Southeastern University has committed send students to two medical camps per year instead of only once.

A meeting has been set for February 27, 2017, to organize the next medical camp for June 2017.

NSU Camp December 2017

During December, 9-19, 2017, a medical team of 18 members, including faculties, residents and medical students from NSU, Florida, USA, provided medical and dental care to over 1000 patients. Several hurricanes in the state of Florida in the later months of 2017 prevented travel for many would-be participants for the medical camp. The camp was organized by KJP Charitable Trust at the healthcare project facility in Ahwa, Dang, India, along with some local specialist doctors from nearby cities. The patients who attended the camp, varied from children to the elderly who had been unable to receive proper care in Dang and surrounding areas. Out of over 1000 patients, some were screened and transported to the local hospitals for surgical procedures.
Many problems the patients exhibited could have been prevented or treated if there was an accessible and affordable healthcare facility in their local areas. This is one reason a permanent healthcare facility is being built with the active participation of foreign doctors, donors, and funding from the Richard Condorelli Memorial Foundation. The facility when fully functional will strive to continually make improvements in the healthcare indices of the entire tribal population of Dang, and surrounding areas.
The members of the medical team had an extremely gratifying experience for their much needed help to many needy tribal patients of the area. All patients appreciated the team’s sincere interest in their healthcare needs and the compassion they rendered to all. The team members enjoyed other sight-seeing activities including the incredible experience of paragliding and a visit to explore the city of Mumbai. The group leader, Dr. Jill Wallace-Ross appreciated the hospitality and was moved with the plight of the patients. She was very certain of coming back for December 2018 medical camp with more members in the team.

Life Saving Amputation Surgery

Life Saving Amputation Surgery
A 10-year old boy, Sunil Pawar, was brought to the medical camp at our project site by his relatives in December, 2018. Dr. Daniel Olsen, one of the members of the NSU, Florida, USA, medical team, attended Sunil. He had an advanced form of gangrene in his right foot; the result of a vehicle accident, that was never properly treated. Dr. Olsen strongly recommended emergency amputation surgery to save his life. It was quite evident from the physical state that Sunil was brought in, that he would perish from septicemia and other complications without the emergency surgery.
The team of Dr. Olsen, Dr. Nirali Patel (one of the trustees of KJP Charitable Trust) and a medical student from NSU, Florida, escorted Sunil and his relatives to a community hospital, approximately 1.5 hours away, in the town of Bardoli. Emergency amputation surgery was performed with the cooperation of the hospital surgeon, Dr. Jainil Parmar, on December 12, 2018.
Sunil handled the surgery very well and was kept in the hospital for an extended period for close follow up examinations and frequent dressing changes. His home is almost 2.5 hours away in the remote village of Borthodi, Dang. Sunil was provided crutches by our charitable trust upon his discharge from the hospital so that he would be able to continue going to school and perform every day activities without extra assistance. The surgical site healed very well as was evident from his follow-up visit to our clinic. An experienced orthopedic surgeon from the United States and one from India have helped Sunil to get a prosthetic limb, since the healing of the wound is fully completed. Sunil and his family are extremely grateful and happy for the NSU medical team as well as local doctors for saving his life. The trust will help Sunil with his further education and regular replacement of prosthetic limbs as he grows. The ultimate goal is to make Sunil productive citizen.
Upon completion of Dr. Kiran C. Patel Multi-Specialty Hospital in Ahwa, Dang, India, many such cases will be efficiently treated at the site instead of taking them to far-away hospitals.