Karen Adler (India)

Karen Adler (Butterflies, India): Karen’s parents are both immigrants to the US - her father from Hungary, her mother from India. Karen graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1999, and then completed an MS in psychology in 2002 in San Diego, CA. Karen spent a year volunteering with a literacy project for homeless children and families in San Diego. Also, while in San Diego, Karen and a fellow graduate student developed an outreach program where they provided blood pressure screenings and health education to members of African-American communities. At the time of her fellowship, Karen was a second-year medical student at Cornell University.



AN UPDATE

04 Aug

In my last blog I had mentioned a boy named Anand who lost his legs in an railway accident. I wanted to let you all know that just yesterday Butterflies was able to find a placement for him at a home run by Holy Family in Loni, which is 25-30 km from Delhi. He is also scheduled to be fit with artificial legs within the week. This is a big relief for everyone who has been participating in his care.

Now my attention is on an adolescent named Jumman who is suffering from a combination of high fever and abdominal pain that may be typhoid fever. We started him on antibiotics and antipyretics yesterday and he seemed to be responding well during the day, but this morning his temperature was again dangerously elevated. Since the doctor is only present for a few hours each morning, I have taken on the responsibility of monitoring his condition regularly and making the decision to transfer him to the hospital if necessary. The crisis center is doing a lot of great work but in my opinion could benefit from a day and night nurse being added to the staff of social workers. I’ll make the suggestion and see what people think. A big strength of Butterflies is that each individual’s ideas are heard and considered. It is a very dynamic organization in that respect.

Posted By Karen Adler (India)

Posted Aug 4th, 2005

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