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CHITWAN, APR 19 – An award-winning doctor in the district has been lying unconscious at his home for the past four years after he was injured in a road accident.

Otolaryngologist Dr Prakash Adhikari, 34, of Bharatpur-24 was honoured by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology with Young Scientist Award in 2010 for his research on salivary gland.

Dr Prakash met with an accident as his motorcycle reportedly hit a cart and injured a man while returning from a mobile health camp in Janakpur in 2011. He used to work with the Siraha-based Lahan Eye Hospital then. According to his family members, he was found unconscious rushed him to Biratnagar-based Neuro Hospital for treatment. Doctors at the hospital advised for a surgery saying that he had a blood clot in his head. He was later taken to Norvic Hospital in Kathmandu following complications related to pneumonia. He was then taken to Annapurna Neuro Hospital and was kept at home for physiotherapy for three months as advised by doctor s. However, as there was no improvement in his health condition, he was also taken to New Delhi, India, for further treatment.

“We spent around Rs 7.5 million on his treatment with the hope that he will recuperate. Now we are left helpless,” said 72-year-old Gobinda, the Dr Adhikari’s father. Stating that some people suggested taking him to the US, his mother Kaushila said they do not have funds for his treatment now.

Dr Prakash completed MD from Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in 2009 after studying MBBS at Jorpati-based Nepal Medical College.

His eldest brother Ananta said there’s a legal provision of providing Rs 1 million as relief but their requests to the government have not yet been addressed. “We could treat him in the US if the government provided some help,” Govinda said.