Burn-injured Raute youth returns home (with video)

Published On: May 9, 2017 07:28 PM NPT By: Prashant Lamichhane

KATHMANDU, May 9: Kapil Shahi, a Raute youth who was undergoing treatment for burn injures at the Trauma Center in Kathmandu since April 20, has been discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.

Shahi had been suffering from third-degree burn injuries since one year.

Speaker Onsari Gharti bade farewell to Shahi amidst a special function at the Trauma Center and said that she will take effective initiatives to facilitate better living standards of the Raute community. She thanked the team of doctors for the successful treatment of Shahi.

According to Satya Devi Adhikari, chairperson of Raute Utthan Praisthan, Shahi will leave for Surkhet on Wednesday.

Dr Piyush Dahal, in-charge of the medical team which treated the Raute youth, said that Shahi was discharged on ground of cultural reason though he has not fully recovered.

According to the doctors, he has to undergo physiotherapy and other treatments which will be carried out at the regional hospital in Surkhet.

During the function, Shahi expressed his delight for the support and urged the government to increase the allowance of the community from Rs 2,000 to Rs 5,000.

Video by: Prabin Koirala

Shahi had sustained burn injuries while he was sitting near a fire place in a cold winter day of January last year. He was admitted to the Trauma Center on the initiative of Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun's son Dipesh Pun; Lok Dahal, general secretary of Non-Residential Nepalese (NRN) Association, Belgium; and Raute Uthan Pratisthan.
Shahi's arms, back and stomach were been severely burnt by the fire and his condition was critical when he was admitted to the hospital, according to the doctors involved in his treatment.

Shahi was brought to Kathmandu with his three relatives. He is the eldest son of Raute Bir Bahadur Shahi who had also come to Kathmandu for the treatment of his son.

There are many Rautes who are struggling with various diseases and problems in lack of treatment, awareness and their unwillingness to leave their comfort zone for treatment. It has been more than a year that the daughter of Raute Chief Ein Bahadur Shahi has been bed-ridden.

Raute Community, with a population of around 152, are still living a nomadic life in Bindrasaini jungle of Dailekh.


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