Help Deep’s Mom, Rinku, afford ICU


This is Deep’s mom, Purnashree, or as everyone lovingly calls her, Rinku. Rinku is 55 years old, and loves to cook, sing, crack silly jokes, and look after her family and neighbors. If you ever get a chance to meet her, you will notice a few things instantly: 1 – she’s tiny (~4’10”), with huge warm eyes and a mischievous, endearing smile, 2 – she is really funny, in a sweet, goofy way, and 3 – she is absolutely the nicest person you will ever meet. I spent three weeks with her last December in India, and I can tell you that I’ve never met a more genuine or selfless person in my life.

Two weeks ago Deep received a call – and the next few hours were a whirlwind. He booked a rental car, a flight, and the next morning he was driving to Atlanta in order to catch the next plane to Kolkata, India. We just heard enough to know what was going on – Deep’s mom’s gut had perforated (with >½ liter of toxic contents leaked into her abdominal cavity), she was in the hospital, and an emergency surgery was scheduled the next day. “She probably won’t survive the surgery” is what the doctors said.

Two weeks later, she’s still here and fighting, although it has been really tough. She’s gone through septic shock, twice, and recovered both times. With every turn, the doctors have said she had maybe a 20% chance of making it. Somehow, she’s proven all of us wrong and has kept fighting, which has completely amazed all of us including her medical team. We’ve continually given up hope, just to have her pull through once again. Luckily, her organs were never damaged during the two septic shock episodes.

This morning, her medical team began discussing how they can start looking for further improvement including long term goals for recovery, like supplying nutrition via a gastric tube to help boost her body’s immune system, and working her off of the ventilator. But, she will need to remain in ICU for a few more weeks because of the extensive damage and to treat the residual septicemia.

So now, she’s improving, and against all the odds she finally has a chance to make it.

We would like to try and raise as much as possible so we can give Rinku those two weeks of treatment that she needs in order to give her the final fighting chance.

~Emily Lee

Because of the high cost of critical care, Deep’s family has already burnt through their insurance policy for the entire year and now they are pooling all of their savings to keep her in the ICU so she can recover. They have enough for only maybe 7-10 days, which is about $12,000-$15,000 USD. If she is going to make it, she will need to be in the hospital at least another 3 weeks ($36,000-$45,000 USD). We know she has the strength to keep fighting (the doctors say that her inner fighting strength is what has helped her make it through this so far), and we just need to keep her getting treatment so that she has a fair chance to make it through. If Deep’s family cannot come up with the money, the hospital will discontinue treatment. If that happens, the doctors have told us she will certainly die.

We are hoping that we can all work together to help Rinku. I know that all Rinku, Deep and their family wants is for her to heal and finally go home.


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Stefania Vendramin 
Tallahassee, FL
Deeptiman Chatterjee 
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