Young Nepali Nurse in New York Battles Cancer, Family Visa Denied

Inu Yolmo, a twenty-seven-year-old Nepali nurse originally from Ilam, Nepal, arrived in the United States only six months ago and is currently battling cancer in a Manhattan hospital. Currently on a ventilator at Mount Sinai Hospital, Yolmo’s condition is critical, leaving her friends and the Nepali community scrambling for support.

Yolmo arrived in the US in July on an EB3 employment-based green card and began working as a nurse. In November, she sought medical attention for severe stomach pain, leading to a diagnosis of colon cancer. The cancer has since spread, significantly worsening her condition.

Compounding the tragedy, Yolmo has no family in the US. Efforts to bring her parents and brother from Nepal were thwarted by the American Embassy in Kathmandu due to insufficient documents. Friends are working to resubmit the application with additional documents.

Manisha Budha, a friend of Yolmo’s, has been providing updates on her condition and coordinating support efforts. Representatives from Nepali community organizations have reached out and even visited the hospital. Budha has appealed to the wider Nepali community in the US for assistance, given the urgency of Yolmo’s situation.