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2014: Medical Mission to India


2014 Medical Mission Trip to India

The ancient proverb “like father, like son” means that a son is very likely to continue a career path that was his father’s. For a local doctor, that proverb has once again proved to be true.

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Dr. Hosmane taking blood pressure

Dr. R.U. Hosmane, a distinguished urologist in Lewes, Del., followed in his father’s footsteps and became a doctor, just like his father, Dr. U.G. Hosmane had been in their home country of India.

Years later, Hosmane planned and led a medical mission trip, returning back to his homeland in February 2014. The Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club, who helped raise $15,000 worth of medical supplies for a local Indian hospital, was a key factor in making this medical mission trip a reality.

Hosmane remembered watching his father give back to the community as a child, never turning away anyone who needed help and wanted to help continue that family tradition.

The Rotary Club’s main philosophy is “Service Over Self” and Hosmane vigorously worked to plan this medical mission trip, trying to fulfill that philosophy. The hard work from planning the trip paid off when he and his team arrived and were able to provide the patients with free medical care.

The weeklong mission trip comprised of four physicians, six nurses, a nurse practitioner and a nonmedical volunteer from the United States. Each of the volunteers paid for their own travel and personal expenses, allowing the trip to fully give back to those in need.

Not only was the trip also supported by local Indian doctors and nurses, it was also a family reunion of sorts. Hosmane’s wife and his son, as well as four of his cousins, all of who practice medicine in India, helped tend to the many patients that were treated throughout the week.

Overall, Hosmane’s team worked with more than 450 of some of India’s poorest people while performing more than 50 surgeries for these patients. Even at the age of 75, Hosmane performed 10 of the surgeries himself.

More info from 2 Delaware Newspapers:

Delaware Online

Delaware Today

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