Sureshbhai Patel, 57, had recently arrived to the United States to help his son and daughter-in-law care for their 17-month-old child.
Less than a week later, Patel was approached by the Madison Police Department in response to a suspicious person call. Sureshbhai, who does not speak English, struggled to communicate with the police. In an attempt to search him, Patel was forced to the ground by an officer and severly injured (left partially paralyzed).
Patel underwent surgery the next day at Huntsville Hospital where doctors performed a cervical fusion. Sureshbhai faces a long recovery and is only beginning to regain feeling in his arms and one leg.
The family has hired a local attorney to sue the Madison Police Department.
The funds raised will be provided directly to the family to help cover the costs for hospitalization, PT, OT, and other therapies which will be huge out-of-pocket expenses. And while legal action against the police department is being taken, it may be years before Sureshbhai and his family are adequately compensated not only for his physical injuries, but their pain and suffering. The immediate costs to help the family help Sureshbhai recover, however, cannot be deferred in the hopes of any legal settlement.
(Aakash) - I'm a member of the Indian community supporting this cause. I've spoken directly with Hank Sherrod (family attorney) and Chirag Patel (the son of Sureshbhai) to get approval for starting this Go Fund Me. All donation withdrawals from the Go Fund Me will be managed by the family of Sureshbhai -- I can not personally authorize or request any withdrawals from this campaign.
Please reach out directly if you have any questions, thank you for your support.
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