Bakken Honoree Bhim Mahat


Kathmandu, Nepal

Medical Condition: Cardiac disease
Medical Therapy: Heart valve
Charity: Nepal Heart Foundation

Bhim was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease and had open heart surgery to replace a damaged aortic valve in 1992. Immediately after his surgery, he became a lifetime member of the Nepal Heart Foundation and began working to help others with the same condition. Thanks to the efforts of Bhim and the foundation's, Nepal now has a dedicated heart hospital.


“When I was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease (RHD), the surgery I needed was not available in Nepal at that time — not to mention that I couldn’t afford the procedure, either. My family and I almost lost hope, but my colleague started a fundraising campaign and raised enough money for the operation in India in 1992. I was beyond moved.

“I was so moved that I use my second life in service of others. I became a lifetime member of the Nepal Heart Foundation immediately after my surgery in 1993. There, I volunteer to raise awareness of RHD and prevent the disease in children. We screen children who are susceptible to tonsillitis and pharyngitis, common causes of RHD, and then ensure they receive appropriate antibiotics.”

“I am passionate about educating children because I believe that society’s future lies within them. Currently, I am a social worker and run a free school for 21 low-income children. Through the Nepal Heart Foundation, I coordinate education programs in schools, such as antismoking campaigns and quiz contests regarding RHD.”

“The medical technology gave me a second life, and I am who I am today because of it.”


All cultures and nationalities can understand the language of love.

Love cannot be lost in translation. No matter someone’s native language or country, you can always be of service to others because the language of the heart is pure, divine and natural.


The Nepal Heart Foundation strives to prevent heart disease, focusing on those at high risk throughout Nepal. The foundation raises awareness of heart diseases and screens children to identify if they are susceptible to common causes of RHD. In addition to offering counseling services, the foundation’s representatives are responsible for establishing the first heart hospital in Nepal.


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