‘I’ve got new lease of life’

  • Koirala returns from New York after month-long cancer treatment
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
‘I’ve got new lease of life’

Jul 22, 2014-

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said on Tuesday evening that he had fully recovered from lung cancer. Speaking to media persons upon his return from the United States at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the Capital, Koirala thanked his colleagues, party leaders, media and foreign leaders who had expressed concerns about his ill health and wished him swift recovery. He received treatment in New York for about a month for a first-stage cancer.

Koirala appeared in better health, even though he was fatigued by an almost 24-hour flight, than when he had returned from Kunming, China, 10 days before leaving for the US. On Tuesday evening, he blurted out details of his medical condition.

At the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he underwent a surgery for tongue cancer eight years ago, doctors took seven days to diagnose the white patches in his lungs. After receiving five sessions of radiotherapy in the New York-based facility, a lesion in his right lung had shrunk 80 percent, PM’s personal physician Dr Karbir Nath Yogi told the media.

“I have always been fighting with death—be it tongue cancer and this newly developed case. I have never kept my diseases secret. The love and affection pouring in from several quarters gave me a new lease of life,” Koirala said at the TIA.

Dr Yogi, who worked closely with the team involved in Koirala’s treatment, said the radiation therapy for squamous cell carcinoma of lung yielded excellent clinical as well as radiological results, enabling him to return home after a short recovery time. Prime Minister Koirala is advised to have a follow-up consultation in about three months.

On the political front, Koirala said Nepal will get a new constitution shortly, paving the way for the country’s transformation within 8-10 years. He expressed his hope that the country would get huge foreign investment.

Though the PM, who has chronic bronchitis, will cut down on his meetings with people fearing infections, he will return to work from Wednesday.

“I will now expedite the remaining tasks of appointing ambassadors and 26 lawmakers,” said Koirala.

Amid concerns that some political groups would act against the ongoing constitution-drafting process, Koirala said he would talk to the parties and convince them to cooperate.

Published: 23-07-2014 08:45

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