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6.27.2007

the long road to recovery

This is a sad story in New York Times about a kid named Gonpo Dorjee, who was seriously injured in a hit and run accident just two weeks after arriving in the United States from Tibet From Tibet to New York, a Youth Now Faces a Long Journey to Recovery. He was out for a walk in Queens, when a red Jeep Cherokee with Florida license plates collided with another car, sending it over the curb and into a pole, and striking Gonpo, his mother and two other pedestrians. Gonpo's right leg was crushed below the knee. The driver of the jeep, who police say is at fault for the accident, just sped away from scene. That's simply messed up. After waiting for years to be reunited with his mother in America, and then finally arriving in New York, Gonpo is now stuck in bed at Bellevue Hospital awaiting surgeries.

His family is worried about hospital bills and health insurance. A fund was established in Gonpo's name to help the family with medical and other expenses: The Gonpo Dorjee Fund, P.O. Box 716, Lake Katrine, N.Y. 12449.