UPDATE AS OF JAN 21st: At about 4:30 am of Jan 21st, our beloved Niraj passed away. Funeral is tentatively planned for Jan 23rd, and specific funeral arrangements will be shared with everyone as soon as those are formalized. Thank you
INITIAL POST AS OF JAN 19th: Niraj has been a central pillar of support for so many friends, extended family, and the broader community. He has always been a fiercely independent thinker, an extremely productive member of the society who took great pride in his work, and willing to go to great extent to help everyone around him.
In a gut wrenching and totally freak accident on the morning of Jan 16th, Niraj slipped and fell on the driveway in front of his house and injured his head. He was immediately rushed to the hospital, where the surgeons operated on him for over 4 hours to address the damage in his brain caused by the fall and the resultant internal bleeding. Despite the best neuro care, Niraj has been unresponsive and has slipped into coma. He is currently in critical care at the hospital sustained by feeding tubes and ventilator, and the prognosis is that it is only a matter of time (2 or 3 days at most) before he will no longer be with us.
As with everything in his life, Niraj is even now being thoughtful in allowing us all to come together, in grieving and adjusting to the new reality of not having him around anymore, and in putting in place a supporting financial structure for his immediate family - comprising of his wife, Bhavana, and two handsome boys, Shrey (15 yrs) and Ronit (11 yrs). He is 48 yrs old.
As organizers of this GoFundMe campaign, it is important for us to indicate that we are all very proud of his contribution to his immediate family, in terms of ensuring that they will be provided for financially for the kids to grow up and attend college in the future. Achieving such financial sufficiency at this age in his career is truly remarkable. Although the long-term sustenance is taken care of through the funds that Niraj has saved and provided for, we would like to make sure that Bhavana, Shrey, and Ronit can be free to mourn and grieve their loss and not have to worry about paying the bills immediately.
Focus of this GoFundMe campaign is to raise enough funds to help the family pay off their mortgage (~150K), handle medical & related expenses (~50K), and provide finances for living expenses next 12 months (~50K). Note that all your contributions will go directly to the family’s bank account.
We urge you to direct all your contributions through GoFundMe (instead of sending in cash or mailing in checks), as it will keep the processing simple for Bhavana. Any other gifts or flowers you’d consider sending, please use those funds towards GoFundMe as they will be more useful and go a much longer way in easing the transition for the family. Thank you and keep smiling (as that is what Niraj would’ve wanted everyone around him to do).