British hospital couldn’t cure him
Famous neurosurgeon, Dr. Upendra Devkota, is fighting for life after he couldn’t be cured in a British hospital. The chemotherapy done in London didn’t help in reducing the growth of tumour. As, his body wasn’t responding to the treatment, he decided to return back to Nepal to spend his last days in life with his loved ones. Dr. Devkota is admitted to the Bansbari Hospital and is waiting for the life to end. The hospital, NINAS in Bansbari, was established by Dr. Devkota himself.
Who is Upendra Devkota?
Dr. Upendra Devkota is one of the most popular doctors of Nepal. He was the founder of the first neurological trauma unit in Nepal in Bir Hospital. He was also appointed the Minister for Health, Science and Technology, Government of Nepal at the time of Gyanendra’s rule. Dr Devkota also founded of the National Institute of Neurological and Allied Sciences, also known as the Neuro Hospital. The Neuro Hospital is considered a state of the art Neurological Centre, providing services for patients from all over South Asia.
Dr. Devkota was born in Gorkha in 1954 and got his high school education from Amar Jyoti Janata High School (commonly known as Luintel High School of Gorkha). He did intermediate of sciences (I.Sc) education from Amrit Science college, Tribhuvan University and got a Colombo Plan fellowship to pursue medical education in India. After the completion of Bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (MBBS) in 1978 from Assam Medical College, India and worked for a few years in Bir Hospital. He worked under another famous doctor, Dr DN Gongol.
He went to UK for the advanced training in neurosurgery at Atkinson Morley Hospital (now part of St Georges Hospital), Southern General Hospital Glasgow. He came back to Nepal in 1989 and started Neurosurgery in Bir Hospital and established NINAS in Bansbari, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Link to Royal Massacre
After Royal Massacre happened on June 1, 2001, all the wounded and dead were taken to Birendra Army Hospital, Chauni, Kathmandu. Being the top neurosurgeon, Upendra was brought to Birendra Army Hospital for the treatment of the wounded.
Upendra was involved in the treatment of then prince Dipendra who was in comatose condition. Dipendra was appointed the King of Nepal and was a de-facto ruler until his death in 3 days. Upendra was criticized of keeping ‘brain dead’ prince alive, artificially. He wrote an article to clarify his stance.
Let’s leave the controversy aside…
Now, there is little hope for Dr. Devkota’s survival, I wish his life could be lengthen.