An Austrian, Natascha Kampusch who hit world headlines in 2006 after she was rescued from a secret cellar where she had been confined for eight years has in an act of benevolence donated a children’s hospital to Sri Lanka built at a cost of Rs.15 million.
She raised the funds to build the hospital at Bulathsinhala by selling books written by her where she depicts the sufferings she underwent in the cellar in Vienna.
The hospital was declared open by Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena last Tuesday.
When asked why she chose Sri Lanka to donate the hospital, she said she loved Buddhism and Sri Lanka.
She was abducted while travelling to school where she was a Grade Four student. Natascha had spent eight years and 176 days as a prisoner and had to survive on a meager ration of food provided by the abductor during her ordeal. She was 18 when she escaped from the celler.
The abductor had told the police that he wanted to marry a girl who pure and untouched by anyone else and therefore had abducted the girl.
Natascha’s book explains her ordeal at the hands of the abductor become a best seller and was translated into several languages including German, French, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.
The Children’s Hospital constructed at Bulathsinghala from the funds provided by her has been named as ‘Natascha Kampusch Children’s Hosspital’.
Natascha is studying Journalism at the Vienna University said her ambition was to serve the children in the world.
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena presented her with a memento at the opening ceremony of the hospital. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
Comments - 12
Ravi Tuesday, 25 October 2011 10:06 AM
Oh..This is unbelievable, the unsung heroines of today......It sure makes us realize all is not lost in the sphere of humanity....Thanks Natascha...............
Kulatilaka Wednesday, 26 October 2011 08:41 AM
No reason to panic
Jagath Tuesday, 25 October 2011 11:21 AM
Thank you for what you have done,and wish you for your future.......
gamarala Tuesday, 25 October 2011 03:32 AM
she is the angel.We love you.Thisarana saraning wish you good health and happiness.
Marie Tuesday, 25 October 2011 04:42 AM
What courage in all the adversity. What generousity in all the cruelty, Natascha, you are great.
MK Tuesday, 25 October 2011 04:50 AM
WOW! Thank you!
Nimal Tuesday, 25 October 2011 04:54 AM
Natascha we people of Sri Lanka thank you for your generous gift to us.
Noah Tuesday, 25 October 2011 05:06 AM
Thank you ,young lady
surendran Tuesday, 25 October 2011 05:39 AM
Thank you Natascha
mr victor Tuesday, 25 October 2011 05:40 AM
god bless you my dear.
Lanke Banda Tuesday, 25 October 2011 12:49 PM
Thank you so much Angie. You are most welcome to settle down in S.L.
buffaloa citizen Tuesday, 25 October 2011 07:26 AM
Something no Sri Lankan will ever think of doing.
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