The 2008 Sichuan Earthquake was a devastating disaster, killing over 69,000 people and injuring almost 400,000 others, making it one of the deadliest earthquakes in Chinese history. The injuries consisted of loss of limb and complicated fractures resulting in the need for complex reconstructive surgery and lengthy rehabilitation. In a massive disaster like this, it is often difficult to devote the required resources to every individual, leaving many with substandard care, and a large burden on individuals, families, and societies for many years.
Many Chinese Speaking Orthopaedic Society members have first-hand experience dealing with severe musculoskeletal trauma, injuries, and loss of limb. They understand that these injuries require many resources, which may be stretched thin when treating thousands of patients in a small area. For this reason, the society’s President at the time, Prof. K.M. Chan, formed an emergency relief fund to relieve some of the burden of the disaster. With pledges from the society’s board, recruitment of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, and a charity dinner, the relief fund managed to raise over RMB200,000.