Laxman was born into a loving family of farmers in west Nepal. Very early, his parents experienced terrible breaks in his bones for no apparent reason, which would heal in deformed positions. Doctors diagnosed Laxman with a rare condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta and said there was no cure. To get to school, his small sister had to carry him on her back. Although he loved to study, he had to crawl to get around and was bullied by other children. Eventually he quit going to school, his spirits withered. Concerned about their son, his parents learned about HRDC from a fellow patient and immediately sought help.
“We never thought that this kind of deformity can be treated,” his mother says. “But after visiting HRDC, we got lots of hope.” Over the course of two months Laxman underwent several surgeries on his legs. During this time, he joined the HRDC School in the hospital complex, and his love of learning blossomed during his treatments and rehabilitation. Laxman’s transformation is astonishing. “I can stand on my feet,” Laxman now says proudly. “No one has to carry me to school. I can play, I can study, and I have lots of friends.” His dreams are as big as his smile: “I want to be a doctor and treat disabled patients.”