Despite her trauma, Nirmala is upbeat, self-confident and full of hope for the future. She is a fan of Nepali actress Rekha Thapa, and says she wants to be a heroine like her. “I want to take dance classes despite my leg, but cannot afford it,” she says wistfully.
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Although he got help from charities, Prem Bahadur has already spent Rs260,000 on his daughter’s treatment, raising cash by selling some of his farm in Okhaldhunga. The government has promised to bear the cost of treatment of those wounded in the earthquake, but the family did not get any of that support. Her father says he was so preoccupied with saving his daughter’s life that he did not keep the bills.