The Nepalese man arrived at the Chabad House last Monday “looking for the man with the white shirt and the beard.”
Nirmil traveled a difficult distance, taking several buses to get to the rabbi. “That was the man who poured water on me, woke me from my faint and helped me stand on my feet,” he said pointing to Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz.
Nirmil was a passenger on a private tour bus that fell off a cliff on Friday while traveling a hilly route from Kathmandu to the Langtang national park in Nepal. The accident followed another the week before, when unusual weather caused some 39 deaths.
Still in the throes of the chaos of that first tragedy, Rabbi Lifshitz, Chabad representative to Nepal made his way by helicopter to the bus site, just outside of Kathmandu, to see how he could assist.
At the scene of the accident, Lifshitz spoke to those who survived and helped see to it that they were getting the proper care before heading back to the Chabad House to prepare for Shabbat.
Nine people died and 27 were injured in that accident. Among them were Israeli tourists, two who died and four who were injured. The Chabad representatives arranged for their bodies to be transported to Israel and followed up with those recovering in the hospital.
With tears in his eyes, Nirmil told the rabbi that he wanted to thank him. “Only yesterday, I finally found out that it was you who saved my life,” he said.
The Nepalese citizen asked to be photographed outside the Chabad House, so he could hang the photo in his room and always recall who saved him.
“To reach the Chabad House he had to travel on four buses for three hours,” says Chani Lifshitz, touched at the pains he took to express his gratitude. “We could all learn from him.”