Nine-year-old Soniya Thapa is from Sindhupal Chowk, a small remote village about four hours from Scheer Memorial Adventist Hospital. Sindhupal Chowk is situated in a region that is close to the epicenter of the earthquake that devastated Nepal a little over two years ago. April 25, is a day Soniya will never forget because it is the day that she almost died.
On the morning of April 25, 2015, Soniya was washing her hands in a sink outside of her home when suddenly her feet began to shake. Before she could figure out what was going on, she heard someone shout “earthquake!” She panicked and instead of running to a safe place outside, she ran back into her home. Instantly, the roof above her gave in and buried her feet under debris.
Through the debris, she could hear her grandfather calling her name. She tried to call out to him, but he was not able to hear her. Nearby, Soniya’s parents hadn’t yet realized she was missing. But it was her uncle who finally heard her voice trying to break free from beneath the debris.
With his bare hands, he began to remove all that was between him and his niece. Soon others joined in the rescue for time was of the essence. As Soniya faded into unconsciousness, the rescue continued. Two hours later, she was freed and transported to a carto begin the four-hour journey to Scheer Memorial Hospital.
Soniya underwent five surgeries for multiple injuries and it took over three months for her to recover. All the while she was at the hospital, her mother was by her side. During this time, Soniya’s mother was also able to get a job in the hospital cafeteria and came to learn about the school behind the hospital.
One day, Soniya’s doctor asked her what she wished for in her heart. She quickly responded, “I want to go to school”. This was a wish that could easily be granted. The doctor spoke to the school principal about this eager-to-study girl who was still hopeful despite all that she had been through.
After her recovery, she was admitted to the ESA Memorial School. Today, Soniya is thrilled to be able to attend her first-grade classes. She is a student — just like she wished.
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