Remembering Dr. Prashant Shrestha

Kathmandu, NepalToday’s blog was written by Zachary Shuster, Program Associate.
Rest In Peace Dr. Prashant Shrestha, Smile Train

Yesterday, Smile Train was deeply saddened to hear of the untimely passing of Dr. Prashant Shrestha, a Smile Train partner surgeon working at B&B Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.

From the inception of his hospital’s partnership with Smile Train in 2006, Dr. Prashant worked tirelessly to provide free cleft surgery to the children of Nepal. He took Smile Train’s commitment to reach every child with a cleft to heart, organizing outreach camps that stretched into the remotest parts of the country. The members of his outreach team hiked for days at a time to reach children in less-trafficked areas and bring them back to Kathmandu for free cleft surgery.

Just last month, I had the opportunity to visit Dr. Prashant and his team in Kathmandu. I was invigorated by their unwavering commitment to Smile Train’s mission, which they identified with strongly and adopted as their own. Dr. Prashant was the embodiment of the Smile Train ideal: a highly skilled and professional surgeon who saw Smile Train partnership as an opportunity to give back to some of the least fortunate people in his country. He provided free cleft surgery to over 1,500 people in only five years. His team strived to provide comprehensive cleft care, including speech therapy and emotional outreach. The patients I saw during my visit were truly grateful; the look of gratitude in the eyes of the parents of younger patients was unmistakable and deeply affecting.

Dr. Prashant took great pride in all that he did for Smile Train, and we are tremendously sorry to lose him. Our deepest condolences go out to Dr. Prashant’s family and to everyone whose life he touched. His life will serve as a reminder of the importance of diligent and purposeful work.

Zachary Shuster, Program Associate, Smile Train

9 thoughts on “Remembering Dr. Prashant Shrestha

  1. My deepest sympathy to all at the loss of this wonderful man. A life well spent and appreciated, I’m sure, by too many to number! I am sure the rewards were waiting for him. What a wonderful way to spend your life…in the service of others…and at that magnitude! God’s blessing to all of you in the wonderful work you do!

  2. I am so sorry for his untimely loss, no doubt there is great celebrating in heaven for one who has done so much for mankind ,and given the chance of new life for so many. A gratious bow to his family and friends for their loss ,and deep thanks to Dr. Prashant and his team in Kathmandu.

  3. “May his soul rest in eternal peace” is the only thing i can say………there is no choice in front of god’s willingness….he is involved in so many peoples’ life and had plans for so many people in future, but god also wanted him and taken him away so early from this hectic world schedule for him to rest in peace……..he was very cool and patients had a great trust in him that he would spread sweet smile in peoples’ faces……..we are deeply shocked by his untimely demise……..god, please take care……….

  4. Kudos to Dr. Prashant with deepest condolence for his relatives and family. May his soul rest in peace. He will be remembered as a true hero and will always be remembered.

  5. we all are shocked by the event, we lost a great man, a good friend. There are no phrases that can express the emptiness. May his soul rest in peace !

  6. When we met on last January, we were talking about the first camp of CLP surgery at Trisuli in ’98. You had the first experience of CLP surgery at that time, after that you always joined and helped our camp in Nepal every year until now. Not only in our camp but also in your own effort and through the Smile Train, you continued to operate a lot of cases. You might be holding a scalpe in the other world. Please keep in touch,and tell me how should we make a medical cooperation in Nepal without you.
    May your soul rest in eternal pease….
    It is a great loss of Nepal and Oral Maxillofacial surgery.

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