22October 2016: The parents of a deceased Nepalese student studying Master of Engineering at Edith Cowan University in Perth have issued a poignant request to help them repatriate the remains of their beloved son.
The grief-stricken parents from Nardevi area in Kathmandu have said they do not have the resources to fly their deceased son back home. “We are unable to spend money to bring (his body) at our own cost. If you can, please send the body to Nepal,” Perth-based community leader Bhairab Dhakal said citing parents of Birat Man Tamrakar.
“We don’t know for sure whether it would take seven days or two weeks. But we are hoping to finish this (process of repatriation) within a week,” Mr Dhakal told southasia.com.au Saturday evening.
The biggest challenge now is to quickly put together the funds for the repatriation, some $12,500.
When asked what then the Perth Nepalese communities were doing to raise the required funds, the former International Coordination Committee member of the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) said he and his friends have already approached local Nepalese organisations through Facebook and emails. “And we have already informed the NRNA Australia also,” he added.
Birat Man Tamrakar passed away at the Royal Perth Hospital last Thursday. A passerby found the engineering student by the side of a Perth street. He was immediately rushed to the emergency department of Royal Perth Hospital where he passed away in the course of his treatment.
According to community social media page Perth News Update, the 28 year old had arrived in the country only 16 months ago and tragically, he was only a semester away from completing his Master’s degree.
Any member of the community willing to help the grieving parents of Birat Man Tamrakar in getting their son back to Kathmandu can do so by contributing to below account:
Account Name: NAWA Charity Account
BSB 302162 A/C Number: 0724545
Swift Code : BKWAAU6P
Please note “Birat Tamrakar” as a reference
The cause of death will be known in “six, seven days”, Mr Dhakal said the telephone conversation. It might take up to a week for the result of the autopsy being undertaken to be known, he further added.
The deceased young man had a cleaning job that commenced at 6 am every morning. According to his friends, he routinely caught a 5:15 am train from the Victoria Park Station in Perth, which the Facebook post said was only five minutes from his home.