Canadian nurse who ‘delivered the first baby in Nepal after the earthquake’ honoured

Sarah Mutch
Sarah Mutch, head nurse at Dhunche field hospital following the April earthquake. Source: Canadian Red Cross

A Canadian nurse who offered her selfless, life-saving service to a remote Nepalese community immediately after last year’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake has been honoured as one of thirteen humanitarians to feature in Canadian Red Cross’s Faces of Humanity campaign.  Launched on Tuesday, the campaign aims to encourage  everyday Canadians to engage in emergency situations across the world.

Sarah Mutch worked tirelessly at a tented hospital in Dhunche of Rasuwa district where she delivered the first baby in hospital following the devastating natural disaster. According to the website of Canadian Red Cross, she was one of the first international respondents to the disaster and worked at the field hospital as head nurse. The pregnant lady she helped had walked ‘for hours through mountains and hillsides’ and gave birth to the baby ‘only minutes after arriving’.

According to the humanitarian organisation that sent many first respondents to the Himalayan nation after the mega tremor, the Faces of Humanity campaign seeks to engage Canadians on humanitarian issues unfolding across the world. To achieve that, it will examine the personal stories of thirteen Red Cross aid workers who fought against humanitarian crises across the world including the Nepal earthquake, Ebola in West Africa or the Syrian refugee crisis, the organisation said.

Speaking to Calgary Herald, Ms Mutch said, “What sticks with you most is the Nepalese people themselves, how hard they work, how selfless they are. It changes you as a person, it makes you better, more grateful and empathetic.” She wanted to pay tribute to ‘the courage and strength of the Nepalese people, rather than herself and her impact in the aftermath of the tiny country’s worst natural disaster in a century’.

According to the website of the Face of Humanity campaign, Sarah describes her month-long  experience in Dhunche as  “life changing and very humbling,” and is prepared to help out with future emergencies as the need arises.

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