Help MIT student Ishan w BrainTumor

On the morning of July 22, 2018, Ishan Pakuwal, a rising sophomore at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) and an international student from Nepal, suffered from multiple bouts of seizures and was found unconscious by his roommates in a rental AirBnB near San Francisco, California. He had been living there for only a few weeks as part of his summer internship. The roommates immediately called an ambulance and Ishan was admitted to El Camino Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The seizures continued without mercy for the next several days, yet Ishan still showed signs of life. He required intubation for 4 days but miraculously regained consciousness on the 4th day and demonstrated gradual recovery, both in speech and cognition as the days progressed. Unfortunately, an MRI scan discovered a tumor in Ishan’s brain that now requires an immediate surgery, as recommended by his doctors. It is not known yet if the tumor is cancer.

Ishan had received the only full-ride scholarship to a Nepali student offered by MIT every year, and had moved to the US in August 2017. A brilliant, kind-hearted, and promising student from Nepal, Ishan now faces financial challenges during and after the surgery-- months, if not years after. His family back in Nepal is already facing financial hardships as Ishan's father-- the family's breadwinner,  just flew over to the US (on August 4th) to provide Ishan additional long-term support, leaving his business on hold. Ishan's health insurance covers his medical expenses. However, living expenses for him and his father,  immigration costs for his father's continued stay until his recovery, and many other expenses during his time of recovery are the areas of financial worry. Upon speaking with people in prior similar situations, we anticipate a significant financial burden on Ishan and his family, in addition to the physical, emotional and psychological challenges. 

We are friends of Ishan and we are setting up this fundraiser requesting any financial support that you can afford, with the aim to lessen the financial burden from his family. Thank you very much in advance for your generous support!

P.s. We plan on being fully transparent about all the incoming funds and incurred medical expenses, as endorsed by Sewa International volunteers. We have no other disclosures and simply hope to help our friend in this time of need.

जुलाई २२, २०१८ को दिन, एम.आई.टी. (म्यासेचुसेट्स इन्स्टीट्युट अफ टेक्नोलोजी)मा अध्ययनरत नेपालका एक होनहार विद्यार्थी, इशान पकुवाल एक्कासी बेहोस भएर अस्पताल पुर्याइनु पर्यो। त्यतिबेला इशान करिब एक महिना देखि इन्टर्नशीपका लागि क्यालिफोर्नियामा बस्दै आएका थिए। अचेत अवस्थामा रहेका इशानलाई थप ४ दिनसम्म अस्पतालको आईसीयूमा सास फेर्ने मेशिनमा जोडिएर राखियो।

प्रारम्भिक रिपोर्टको आधारमा इशानको मस्तिष्कमा (ब्रेन) ट्युमर भेटिएको छ, उसको उपचारमा संलग्न डाक्टरहरूको अनुसार इशानको तुरुन्तै शल्यक्रिया गर्नुपर्ने भएको छ। पूर्ण छात्रवृत्तिमा अध्ययनरत नेपालका एक विद्वान विद्यार्थी इशानलाई अहिलेको स्वास्थ्य अवस्थाले गर्दा निकट भविष्यमा नै विभिन्न किसिमका आर्थिक चुनौतीहरू आइपर्ने अनुमान गरिएको छ। यसै क्रममा अगस्ट ४ मा इशानको बुवा पनि उसको स्वास्थ्य सुधारका क्रममा टेको दिन परिवारको आय श्रोत व्यापार छोडेर अमेरिका आइपुग्नुभएको छ। यस्तो परिस्थिति पहिले भोगेका नेपालीहरुका अनुसार उल्लेख्य रुपमा हुने आर्थिक भारलाई राहत दिन नै यो फन्डरेजर सेट अप गरिएको हो।  हेल्थ इन्स्योरेन्स भए पनि आगामी महिना/ बर्षमा इशान र उसको बुवाको सामान्य खर्च, परे उसको बुवाको इम्मिग्रेशन स्ट्याटस लम्ब्याउन खर्च, लगायतका अपरेशन लगत्तै पर्ने अनेक किसिमका खर्च बेहोर्न यो फन्डरेजर तयार पारिएको हो। 

सक्दो आर्थिक सहयोग र सामाजिक संजालमा श्येर गरिदिन हुन अनुरोध गर्दछौं। म/ हामी इशानका साथी हौं र यसमा पूर्ण ईमानदारिता र पारदर्शीता हाम्रो पहिलो प्राथमिकता हो।


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Pratik Chhetri 
Raised $3,908 from 74 donations
Concord, CA
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Abishkar Chhetri 
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