Eindhoven doctor Jessica Wilford killed in Nepal crash
The Dutch doctor who was one of at least 4 people killed in a helicopter crash in Nepal on Tuesday, has been identified as 32 year old Jessica Wilford from Eindhoven. The helicopter was transporting rescue workers and relief supplies for earthquake victims when the accident happened, Omroep Brabant reports.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wilford was born in Eindhoven and grew up in Dommelen. She studied medicine in Maastricht and in 2005 she did an internship in Nepal. She was sent off with Doctors Without Borders for the first time in 2012. She helped children with blood poisoning in Nigeria for a time. She was closely involved in the relief efforts following the massive earthquakes in Nepal.
In a statement on their website, Doctors Without Borders confirmed that a DWB chartered helicopter crashed in the Sindhupalchowk district in Nepal. "With great sadness we confirm that rescue workers of Doctors Without Borders were killed. We are currently working to confirm the identity of the victims of the crash, but we can confirm that a Dutch rescue worker was among the victims." the statement reads.