Standing with courage, Dhan Bahadur aims to teach

Lamjung, August 17 :

Twelfth-grader Dhan Bahadur Maluwa Nepali rests his back on the wall of his classroom and listens to lectures.

This 25-year-old student of Beshisahar-based Janabikash Higher Secondary School suffers from excruciating pain whenever he tries to sit on the bench.

Five years ago, Dhan Bahadur, a native of Bhoteodar-2, had gone to build a house for Bal Krishna Pariyar.

A huge mass of soil and stones buried him when he went uphill to collect stones for the house. He briefly passed passed out after the mishap. He regained consciousness after treatment, but the damaged his back and legs.

He was taken to Kathmandu-based TU Teaching Hospital for treatment. Steel plates were planted in his back to give him support.

Though he stayed in the hospital for three months, there was no relief from aches. His legs and back ache whenever he tries to sit.

Fighting pain and disabilities, Dhan Bahadur joined Bhakti Namuna Higher Secondary School in 2004 and passed SLC exam in 2006.

“My family spent Rs 3 lakh for my treatment. Seven steel plates were placed in my back in course of treatment,” he said, adding, “I have been devoid of further treatment because my family cannot afford to treat me further.”

Dhan Bahadur has also been suffering from urinary complications.

He has been staying in a relative’s house. Nepali said no individual or organisation had helped him so far.

Dhan Bahadur is bright in studies and plans to be a teacher.

He is associated with a number of organisations, including Child Protection Committee, Youth Club, Disabled Protection Society and Dalit Uthan Ekta Samaj.