28 September, 2020

Meet The Corona Warriors: Lama Thupstan Chogyal, The Monk Who Keeps Ladakh's Heartbeat Throbbing

Lama Thupstan Chogyal's Ladakh Heart Foundation is now helping the government fight the COVID-19 virus

Meet The Corona Warriors: Lama Thupstan Chogyal, The Monk Who Keeps Ladakh's Heartbeat Throbbing
outlookindia.com
2020-03-20T12:34:43+05:30

It’s the presence of children in the isolation ward that brings tears to the eyes of Lama Thupstan Chogyal, 49, president of the Lad­akh Heart Foundat­ion. “These children should be playing and enjoying life in the open, under the open sky. And here they are. Their cries are heart-wrenching,” says Chogyal.

Three children—aged two to two-and-a-half years—belong to a family of eight who have been quarantined in the LHF after two members tested positive for coronavirus, especially a 68-year-old-man from Chuchot village, around 20 km from Leh, who had ret­­u­­rned from Iran on February 26 and developed  symptoms of COVID-19.  Thereafter, the typical, centrifugal arc of infections was inevitable.

After the man had fever, he went to a hospital on February 28, tested positive and was consequently admitted to the Sonam Norboo Memorial Hospital in Leh. A few days later, his 28-year-old son had high fever and was hospitalised. On March 11, he also tested positive. As he had no travel history to...

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