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Rescued after 47 days, Taiwanese trekker celebrates birthday in Nepal hospital

Taiwanese national Liang Sheng-yueh, who was rescued 47 days after he went missing while trekking in the Himalayas, celebrated his birthday at a hospital in Kathmandu on Friday.

world Updated: Apr 28, 2017 18:47 IST
Anil Giri
Taiwanese national Liang Sheng-yueh, who was rescued 47 days after he went missing while trekking in the Himalayas, celebrated his 22nd birthday at a hospital in Kathmandu on April 28, 2017.
Taiwanese national Liang Sheng-yueh, who was rescued 47 days after he went missing while trekking in the Himalayas, celebrated his 22nd birthday at a hospital in Kathmandu on April 28, 2017. (HT Photo)

Rescued 47 days after he went missing while trekking in Langtang region of Nepal, Taiwanese national Liang Sheng-yueh celebrated his 22nd birthday in a hospital in Kathmandu on Friday.

Nepal’s minister of state for tourism Parshuram Tamang was present at the event organised at Grande Hospital to celebrate the birthday. Liang was admitted to the hospital after he was airlifted to the capital from a canyon in Tyangribhir on Wednesday.

But his girlfriend Liu Chen-chun, 18, died just three days before the couple was found. Liang and his girlfriend had been missing since March 9.

According to trek organisers, Liang and Liu were caught in a snowstorm while making their way along the Ganesh Himal trail on March 9. They slipped over a waterfall at an altitude of 2,600 metres and got stuck.

The couple survived on salt and water when their food ran out after two weeks. Liang lost 30 kg and was found with maggots in his foot.

When he was taken to Grande Hospital, he told doctors that he felt he had been reborn and wanted to celebrate his birthday.

“After we came to know of his desire, we organised this function,” said Chakra Raj Pandey, medical director of the hospital.

Taiwanese national Liang Sheng-yueh cuts a cake while celebrating his birthday at a hospital in Kathmandu. (HT Photo)

The hospital’s administration arranged for a birthday cake and members of his family too reached Kathmandu on Friday to join the celebrations. Doctors described his condition as normal and said all his vital organs were functioning well.

After cutting the cake, Liang told journalists about his experiences over the 47 days and how difficult it had been for him to survive.

Liang said he had minimal hope of being rescued. “But my willpower was strong and I never felt that I will die in such a state,” he added.

He entered Nepal with his girlfriend from India. His worried family travelled to Nepal but returned to Taiwan after they were unable to trace him. The family then travelled to Germany to consult fortune tellers, who told his parents that Liang was alive and would return home soon.