I’m part of a Facebook group with just over 47,000 physicians from around the world. Most live in the United States, but many have family ties across the globe. Oftentimes when there is a health crisis such as with COVID-19, I hear about it first in this group.
Many of us know that India is struggling with a devastating wave of COVID-19. Oxygen is in short supply. Hospitals are overrun. News stories have told us that much. But social groups tell me the personal stories of individuals who are suffering.
Here are some posts I’ve read this week:
Does anyone else know of any places in India (Delhi specifically) that still have oxygen tanks/cylinders? I have multiple family members that need it and there are no hospital beds available anywhere.
Has anyone purchased oxygen concentrator in the US and shipped it for family members in India? If so can you recommend a good website for purchase and shipping?
Need a ventilator hospital bed in Kashi/Varanasi urgently. Please DM me if you have a lead.
My father, sister in law and nephew is tested positive in Latur. Maharastra, India today. They need Remdesvir. Can you help? Please DM me
Looking for an ICU bed for friends BIL in India/Ghaziabad, young and in his mid 40’s. Increasingly hypoxic. Thank you
Yes it’s terrible, unparalleled disaster. Can’t figure out how to get much needed resources there.
The COVID situation in India is dire. There’s a lot of chaos with few/no hospital beds in many places, hospitals running out of oxygen, bodies piling up, people in great emotional distress. We are reaching out to see if anyone might have access to oxygen that could be shipped to the hospital in New Delhi. Even industrial oxygen used in metal working (not medical grade) would be welcome.
Urgent need for icu bed in Bangalore for friends mom with covid hx of copd already on o2 and bipap at home precovid – now unresponsive with hypoxia and tachycardia to 130s!! Please PM me if you have leads….ETA – she received an ICU bed but as is expected when one waits more than 24 hours hypoxic she has multiple organ failure. Please pray for her! Thanks to all that bumped and commented this post!
Update – she passed away, please keep India in your thoughts and prayers.
If you’re wondering how to financially support those who are struggling in India, consider Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR). LDR works with partners and companion churches already on the ground in India. For a situation report and information on how to donate, check out this link: https://tinyurl.com/2vueu5um
Prayer support is also desperately needed.
As another person posted in our Facebook group:
This is the time to support your fellow human being. Humanity needs you.