Blossoming from the Quagmire

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An ill-fated lightening struck in the otherwise peaceful lives of the relatively educated and employed residents of Kedarnath. Huge landslides and floods ravaged everything they had ever possessed. Having experienced such a dreadful nightmare, a question arose in the minds of these hapless victims: “Will life ever be the same again?” However, in the presence of a mother’s care, need a child ever be worried?

To the shocked villagers of Kedarnath came a ray of hope from our beloved Amma. She took up the flood relief campaign, which includes building houses, scholarships to poor children etc – a well-structured relief package to rehabilitate their lives.

Ruchi Tiwari came all the way from Chunni, Uttarakhand, to be part of Amritavarsham61 to express her gratitude towards Amma. The wife of a priest, Ruchi lost her son in the floods. Although this is an irreparable loss, she is happy with Amma’s relief program vis-à-vis the materialistic condition of her life. Left with her two-year old daughter, she says “Bas abhi yehi aasha hai ki meri beti badi hokar Amma ka naam roshan kare”.

Rajkumar Tiwari, another flood victim from Uttarakhand, is present here to thank Amma for providing his family with a house. He admits that, when the relief package was announced, he actually did not believe that this promise would be kept. Of course, he was pleasantly surprised! Now, he takes a direct shot at the politicians: “Although it was the politicians’ duty, there was no response from them. However, I am amazed to see Amma standing by my side. Without Her support, we couldn’t have overcome this dreadful challenge.” From his experience, he says, “During disasters, even a father tends to put his son’s life at stake. But Amma was there holding my hand all the time during the crisis”.

Inder Singh Bisht is one amongst the survivors who saw his near and dear ones washed away in the floods. The aftermath of the disaster was so severe that now he is left with no shelter and is completely dependent on his friend. He approached Amma for rebuilding his house. Although Amma provided the money, he could not build the house as the soil had loosened due to landslides. Inderji told this problem to Amma. She suggested building it on an appropriate land unaffected by landslides. He points out the difference between political leaders and Amma: “We cannot even think of approaching these leaders! The question doesn’t arise. But, with Amma, we can directly approach Her and talk to Her with complete faith”

On the whole, with Amma’s grace, lives of these people in Uttarakhand are blossoming like lotuses and would, hopefully, grow to full bloom of happiness and peace again.

– Savita
26 Sep 2014, Amritapuri

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Compassion from the Bus

We closed our day at Sub District Hospital Magum and were loading people and supplies onto the buses.

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But the patients kept coming, following the doctors. Having too much compassion to say no, they continued to write prescriptions from the bus.
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Such is life on the road with the relief work.

-Scotti

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A precious gift to a mother from the Mother of Millions

16 Oct 2014, Bandipura, Jammu Kashmir

Sub district hospital at Bandipura was short of doctors the day we reached there. After a short meeting with the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Bilkis and other officials, our doctors started attending to the needy.

 

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Our Gynae doctors got an emergency call. It was a delivery case. The heart signal of the fetus was dipping. In the absence of a qualified doctor, this case would have been referred to Srinagar, which is about two hours drive from Bandipura. But luckily our doctors were there. Dr Deepti from our medical team, who is also a professor of Gynaecology, assisted by Dr Lipi performed the successful C-section surgery. Both the parents of the child, their families and the hospital staff were so happy to see the child. A new life was born and new ray of hope had dawned.
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Only a mother can experience the bliss of giving birth to a child. It is precious gift from God. We as children of Amma, who is Mother of Millions, felt blessed to be an instrument in delivering this precious gift of a new life to a would be mother in Kashmir.

– Amit

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Through the perilous twists and turns of the mountains

When our Telemedicine unit and ambulance unit arrived in Jammu, we were in Kashmir and came to know that the national highway had closed down for three days due to some bad road conditions. But where there is a will, there is a way. Few days before this, we had met a person (Sharma) who had offered to help in every possible way. At that time we did not realize the invisible helping hand of God, but next few days made us realize how every event in our life has a meaning and purpose. Sharma ji offered to personally escort both the units via an alternate route. With his car in front, meticulously guided the vehicle drivers through perilous twists and turns of the mountains.

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But it was not a simple ride especially because of the bad road conditions during night and big size of our Telemedicine and ambulance units of ours. On the way one of the vehicles had a breakdown. It was freezing cold. The drivers were finding it very hard to cope up with extreme conditions, especially because they were not carrying enough warm clothes. But Sharma ji not only encouraged the crew to muster up courage, but also went out of the way to the get the vehicle repaired. The road does not even have many outlets where one can satiate one’s hunger. Without much sleep and food, the crew drove for almost two days under harsh weather conditions to finally reach the place near our medical camp site. We welcomed them warmly, ensured that they were fed and then first thing they bought were some warm jackets.

Even though the drivers were exhausted, there was not even a single complaint from their side. They were equally motivated to serve affected people of Jammu & Kashmir, as any of us. Many of them had accompanied us earlier during our relief camps in Uttarakhand. These units have really been of great help in all our camps so far. Many people have benefited from free lab tests, ultrasounds etc. that are in the Telemedicine unit. The ambulance unit has also been of great help to give immediate emergency care to the needy.

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All of this could not have been possible without our team of dedicated drivers and technicians.

Later we came to know that Sharma ji was actually in Kashmir when floods had hit the valley, rescuing people from waters about fifteen feet deep. His optimism, cheerful nature and presence of mind is helping us throughout this mission.

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– Amit

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The wish fulfilling Mother of all

French Fries in Munich

Recently at the Munich program, little Aikyam came up to Amma for his morning hello and kiss. Amma looked at him fondly and asked if he had eaten. Then she told him to wait and sent for something. When it arrived, Amma put something on a plate and offered it to Aikyam. It turned out to be French fries! The people standing around kept telling him that Amma had made the fries for him.

Then Amma herself turned and explained that on the way to Munich, someone had offered the group travelling with her some fries. Aikyam was not with them, but in the bus at that time, and actually had asked his mother for some fries during the trip, but she told him they were too expensive. Amma had set a portion of fries aside for Aikyam, but someone had eaten them by mistake. When Amma discovered, that she decided to make some for him herself.

 

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Someone sitting nearby asked Amma how she could find the time to make French fries in the middle of these long, long darshan days. Amma explained that she cut the fries, took her bath, fried the fries, and went for darshan! It reminded us that often Amma reminds us that she doesn’t need any of us to do her personal service and that she is quite capable of taking care of herself, despite her huge workload. To prove the point, she occasionally puts her helpers on “leave of absence” and proceeds to demonstrate how she can do it. She then tells us how she will put the rice on to boil before taking her bath, then add the vegetables, get dressed, read a few letters, eat and go to darshan. It is because we desire so much to do things for her that she allows it, not because she needs any help from anyone. In fact, she tells us repeatedly what she really wants is for us to help others and be loving and compassionate to all.

Contemplating Aikyam munching his fries, which he shared with his mother, we considered how even the smallest of her devotees have their smallest wishes fulfilled. Then surely she will help us cross the ocean of transmigration!

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Munich, Europe tour 2014

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Instant diagnostics

The Community Health Centers at Hajin and Magam have regular medical staff, but thousands of people showed up when they heard our team was
there to supplement their work.

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After seeing a doctor, many are sent for blood tests in the Amrita Mobile Tele Medicine Unit.

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Blood is drawn in a clean, quiet environment reducing patient stress.
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Five of the most common blood tests are completed in minutes and the patient returns to their doctor with the results to continue the
consultation.

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Dr. Depthi Sharma, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at AIMS with her patient and local nurse.

– Scotti

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Organized relief in the midst of chaos in Kashmir

Today I joined the Amrita Hospital (Amrita Institute of Medical Science) Jammu and Kashmir Medical Relief Team who have already been working here four days. We set up at a small clinic in the rural village of Naidkhai, Bandipora District, Kashmir. This clinic is normally served by a single doctor for a population of 40,000.

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The crowd quickly surged as we arrived. Each clinic room was packed with up to three doctors giving consultations simulaneously. There is an interpreter for each patient and as many relatives as they can squeeze past the door.

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Fifteen of our doctors saw over 2000 patients in under seven hours.

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Almost all went on to have a FREE prescription filled. Six paramedics staffed the pharmacy, dispensing more than 50 different drugs. Most important is the quality of the medicine, better than can be purchased
anywhere in Kashmir.

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In the coming days, I will show you the many specialties of Amma’s travelling hospital.

– Scotti

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