KATHMANDU: Durga Prasad Tiwari (45), who was severely injured in a road accident in Dhading two years ago, has currently been fighting for his life at the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) in Maharajgunj.
Tiwari sustained critical head injuries when an ambulance they were travelling in hit a parked truck in Prithvi Highway around 2:00 am on the night of April 26, 2017.
On suffering from frequent seizures and due to a worsening health state, Tiwari was shifted to MICU at the TUTH from Sahara Physiotherapy Hospital in Basundhara where he was taking physiotherapy services.
Tiwari's elder daughter Kusum quoted Tiwari's attending doctor, Bikram Gajurel as saying, "He is in a critical condition as this is a case of traumatic head injury. He also has meningoencephalitis infection. We can say something only after observing him for fifteen days."
His family is not in a position to afford heavy medical expenses anymore.
Durga Prasad's wife, Shakuntala said, "We have nothing left in our disposal to afford his expensive medical treatment. We are relying on donation collected by my daughter's friends. We are totally bankrupt."
"I don't know how I am going to repay my debt which is in excess of Rs 4 million," Shakuntala cried as she narrated her plight to THT.
She added, "Officials from Sahara Physiotherapy Hospital have been calling me frequently to clear all medical dues which amounts to more than Rs 200,000. I have no option but to ask them to wait for a few more days till I gather some funds."
"The situation is such that one of my daughters is unable to get transfer and character certificates from her college after graduating from +2 exams since we're unable to clear the dues," Shakuntala said. "I am really worried about their future."
Tiwari, along with his relatives, was accompanying his father to Kathmandu for treatment when the accident happened. After the incident, Tiwari was rushed to the Trauma Centre where his damaged right side frontal skull bone was successfully replaced. However, the damaged left side skull bone is yet to be replaced.
After treatment at the Trauma Centre, Shakuntala took her husband to various hospitals for treatment including Blue Cross Hospital, Teaching Hospital, Sahara, among others.
Shakuntala further said that the ambulance driver contributed around Rs 1.3 million in Tiwari's medical treatment. However, he later refrained from bearing the expenses giving various excuses.
Since then, every medical expense has been covered by the family alone.
According to Tiya Tamang, a friend of one of the Tiwari daughters, who is helping with the fundraising, a sum of Rs 25,750 has been collected so far. Out of this, Rs 9,575 has been collected through eSewa transactions while Rs 10,000 was provided by former Miss Nepal Asmi Shrestha.
Similarly, Neha Chandak, owner of NESCA (be.YOU.tiful) Instagram based online business, and elder sister of former Miss Nepal Nikita Chandak, donated forty-one thousand rupees to the victim's family in person.
"In case anyone is willing to extend financial support to the family, they can deposit the money in account no. 109005029110 at Rastriya Banijya Bank," added Tiya.