Nurse shocked by Nepal trip

PUBLISHED: 15:43 03 May 2012 | UPDATED: 11:46 08 May 2012

Kelly Roberts

Kelly Roberts

Weston Area Health Trust

A WESTON student nurse has undertaken a month-long placement in the Himalayas providing healthcare to pregnant women.

Kelly Roberts, who is approaching the end of her three-year training at Weston General Hospital, said she found the Nepalese culture very different.

She said: “I was delighted when any child was born healthily, but I was told not to smile if the baby was a girl, only if it was a boy, and I found this very shocking.”

Medical conditions were difficult and Kelly said she was shocked to see up to five babies crammed into a single incubator.

She also had to deal with patients with broken arms, infected wounds and other serious injuries with no medication other then Ibuprofen.

She said: “It was amazing to see how the patients and doctors and nurses coped with such few amenities. They were inspirational people.”

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