A triple amputee whose life was turned around by Sydney doctors has become a national news presenter for Nepal’s Himalayan TV.
In the early 1990s at the age of 10 Kamala Shrestha was flying her kite when it hit high voltage power lines — the 11,000 volt shock almost killed her. She was in a coma which led to an infection then the amputation of both her arms and her right leg. She spent years of her life just sitting in a room because she could not walk.
In 2001 Ron Marcus of the Castle Hill Rotary Club heard about
Ms Shrestha’s dire situation and decided to help. He had been leading teams of volunteers in Nepal since the 1990s. Mr Marcus, his Rotary branch and the Appliance and Limbs Centre in Harris Park (ALC) funded Ms Shrestha’s trip to Australia, where she was fitted with new prosthetic limbs and taught how to use them free of cost, at the value of $13,000.
The Newsroom interviewed Dr Adrian Brown at the ALC who helped develop the prosthetic arms and leg.
On hearing of Ms Shrestha’s accomplishments Dr Brown said he was “so happy”.
“When Kamala arrived she immediately inspired me,” Dr Brown said.
“She was so enthusiastic and bubbly. Rudy Doller, a director [at ALC] made Kamala’s arms and I made her leg.”
Ms Shrestha dreamed of helping others and, on returning to Nepal, she began hosting a radio show featuring people with disabilities. She now also reads the news on national television.
Dr Brown said when Ms Shrestha returned home she wrote to him with her new arms.
“I still have that letter,” he said.
“I am so happy that Kamala is achieving her dreams and I hope to one day meet her again.”
Top screenshot from Himalaya TV’s Youtube channel.