Dr. Bhavin Patel: Delivered Medical Supplies And Volunteered In Nepal After A Disastrous Earthquake
By Maria Sonnenberg // November 7, 2015
ABOVE VIDEO: When a disastrous earthquake hit Nepal earlier this year, the Doctor’s Goodwill Foundation was ready to go with medical supplies, volunteer physicians, nurses, business people and others ready to lend a helping hand to the people in need.
When a disastrous earthquake hit Nepal earlier this year, the Doctor’s Goodwill Foundation was ready to go with medical supplies, volunteer physicians, nurses, business people and others ready to lend a helping hand to the people in need.
One of those, Dr. Bhavin Patel of Titusville, felt he was receiving the gift of a lifetime. Being his first humanitarian mission since becoming a doctor, the young man said it was a “surreal” sight to see and work in such disaster.
“Seeing the overall destruction with people huddled in tents and all of the injuries was overwhelming and shocking,” Dr. Patel said.
But, he added what was remarkable to him in the midst of all of the devastation was the spirit of the Nepalese people and how grateful and welcoming they were.
The trip was also a real learning experience for the young doctor, saying he worked side-by-side with real professionals on all types of injuries, treating hundreds of people a day.
Many of the injured lived in outlying areas that were hard to reach and their family members would carry them for miles for help: “It’s truly amazing,” he said.
Helping in this type of environment is a long way from his former experience with DGF where he helped during the annual Health Event at Space Coast Stadium.
Saying his family has been friends with DGF founder Dr. Kanti Bhalani for years, he didn’t understand the depth or amount of help the group offered until he experienced it himself:
“I’ve been hearing about DGF for years and never really understood how much the organization does both locally and across the world. It is truly amazing,” he added.
At home again and getting ready to take his final boards to become a primary care physician, Dr. Patel said his experience has taught him to think globally and not just locally when it comes to volunteering and helping others.
SPACE COAST MEDICINE WEEK SET FOR OCT. 31 – NOV. 8
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million in support of charity thanks to the assistance of many generous and giving special people.
Those people, and their spirit of philanthropy, will be recognized and honored on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards, which will be part of the 10-event “Space Coast Medicine Week,” produced annually by Brevard Productions, the event and production sister company of Space Coast Daily Medicine & Active Living magazine.
The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards will be held at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place beginning at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet, followed by the dinner and awards program at 7 p.m.
DGF AMBASSADORS TO BE HONORED INCLUDE:
Dr. Bhavin Patel; Joe and Cindy Hurston; Lisa Cavallero, Sodexo; Dr. Kiran and Gita Modi; Dr. Ramesh Patel; Amar Patel, Brevard Achievement Center; Kyle Smith and Chad Lovitt, Brevard County Manatees; Ronal Morgan; Sean Gregory, Health First; Jonda Erwin; Ginger Davis, Veteran Educator; Drs. Sumant and Snehlata Pandya; Kathy LaPorte, VITAS Healthcare; Liz Mikitarian; Dr. Saravana and Sathi Rajan, Rajan Foundation; Mike Thomas, Florida Pain Institute; Rashmi Shah; Janice Kershaw, Brevard Schools Foundation; Sondra Elizondo, VIDA Volunteers; Robin Fisher and Marta Fiol.
“The entire Doctors Goodwill Foundation board and community feels heartfelt gratitude to the people who contribute their time, resources and compassion to the charitable endeavors that we undertake,” said Dr. Kanti Bhalani, the Founder of the Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation.
“The Doctors’ Goodwill Foundation can only do what it does, thanks to the love and support that it’s friends provide. We feel it is important to recognize people who give of themselves and that is why we created the Doctors Goodwill Foundation Ambassador Awards.”
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