Sheffield surgeon volunteering in Katmandu caught up in second Nepal earthquake

USAID rescue workers inspect the site of collapsed buildings after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.(AP Photo/Bikram Rai)
USAID rescue workers inspect the site of collapsed buildings after an earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, May 12, 2015.(AP Photo/Bikram Rai)
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An orthopaedic surgeon from Sheffield has described the moment he was in the operating theatre when a second major earthquake struck Nepal.

Yuvraj Agrawal is an orthopaedic surgeon from Sheffield, volunteering at a hospital in Dhulikhel near Kathmandu.

He told BBC 5 Live “I was operating theatre on a patient’s complex foot injury from more than two weeks ago and everything started shaking. The Instruments were falling off the operating table.

“Our reaction was to run but we had a patient who was under spinal anaesthesia, she couldn’t possibly run. So it didn’t take any longer to say well I can’t personally leave so I found a beam on the way out and stood next to that because apparently that’s the safest place. and waited for it to calm down.

He added: “It lasted about half a minute. I was pretty shaken, terrified.

“I was holding the table so I didn’t fall and holding the patient to stabilise myself and I just thought this is it. The patient was so calm and that gave me strength.”

“I’m glad I’m here. I would have been really distraught if I had returned which has happened to lots of teams. A few teams have already leave and things were calming down and coming back to normality but now I glad I am here to help. I wouldn’t have done anything different.

Mr Agrawal said that his employers Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and Doncaster Infirmary had been very supportive in allowing him to go and volunteer in and had even helped out with medical supplies.

The earthquake was the second to hit Nepal in the past two weeks and measured 7.3 on the Richter scale. It is thought that 40 people have died in the most recent quake and over 1,000 have been injured.