THE father and brother of a young woman who died in 2005 are set to take their medical skills to Nepal to continue the volunteer work she did there.
“It’s sad in some ways but it makes us feel closer to her because she spent a lot of time out there,” said Dr Edwin Boys, from Great Barton, whose daughter Heidi lost her four-year battle with a rare form of leukaemia in 2005, aged 31.
The former Thurston Community College student worked at West Suffolk Hospital, where she was training to be a nurse, and travelled to Nepal twice to volunteer her help.
“She loved to go there,” said Dr Boys, an anaesthetist at West Suffolk Hospital.
In two weeks, the 69-year-old will join Heidi’s brother Adam, a 36-year-old operating department practitioner, to journey to Nepalgunj, in the south-west of Nepal, with charity Brinos to help treat deafness and ear disease in her memory.
Dr Boys said poor hygiene in Nepal meant lives were put at risk by untreated ear infections.
“It’s very important to get the young girls’ hearing back or else no-one will marry them,” he said.
The pair expect to work 12- hour days, with basic medical equipment and regular power cuts but, with the main hospitals more than 500km away in Kathmandu, some villagers will trek days to reach them.
Dr Boys said: “The patients are amazingly grateful. They have to sleep on the pavement outside to wait for the operation and they don’t have any recovery staff. You do have to adjust, it’s right back to basics.”
To donate towards the project, go to www.brinos.org.uk/Funding.htm