Ritesh's fight for life
Our Story - Ritu, as known to his dear ones has had a humble upbringing. With his ‘never give up’ attitude he came to Lubbock 6 years ago to pursue his Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering post his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Dayanand Sagar College, Bangalore. His passion for a cleaner world helped him get a full scholarship to pursue Doctorate (PhD) in ‘Waste Water treatment for NASA’. With several international publications to his credit, Ritu was on course to receive his Doctorate in a few months and on the night of the fatal accident, he had made a significant progress on his PhD proposal.
Ritu’s love for learning and teaching always saw him amidst passionate discussions on engineering and supporting the student community & friends in understanding life in the US. Like a true Bangalore boy, his love for food was evident and he never missed an opportunity to demonstrate his culinary skills.
Ritesh has been an incredible student, brother, son and friend and is respected, loved and adored by his faculty & his students equally. It would be a shame if such a young and bright student was denied the best chance at a life that he deserved.
How you can help - Ritu has been a fighter all his life and we need your support now, more than ever, to help him fight and lead a life that he, his family and friends envisioned. As his sister, I request you to pray for his recovery and support him by contributing towards his medical expenses. We are moving him from ICU to a Long Term Acute Care (LTAC) center this week and would have an immediate expense of airlifting him to a facility nearby. Your contribution would help a great deal towards expenses that include Long term Acute Care, Post LTAC rehabilitation, living expenses for his family that has moved from India and medical expenses post his insurance coverage.
Renu, Ritesh's sister has been nominated to withdraw funds to support medical assistance.
It has been a month since you heard from about me and wanted to share with you the progress that I've made so far and my plan of action hereon. For starters, with a bit of help, i've been able to put together this post and I am excited about it! My therapy at CNS continues to be across Physical, Occupational, Cognitive and Speech. I've started on a walker program at the apartment which is helping me get out of the wheelchair and move around using a walker. It was intimidating to start with but I am slowly becoming less wobbly. My legs still aren't coordinated while walking but it is getting better by the week!
My family and I are looking at a possible discharge from CNS in December and I can't wait to head back to a new home in Lubbock to finish the last leg of my Phd, while I continue to remain in a day rehab program. As I prepare to head back, my family is helping me find an apartment that will suit my current needs such as one on the 1st Floor (India ground floor), wider doorways, no carpets, special bathroom fixtures, etc.
I know life will be different/harder and I will have new experiences but I am determined to give it my best and I urge you to spread the word and help me stay on my path to recovery!
In addition to therapy Ritesh has started getting back to his passion for cooking. He has been able to whip up soup, pasta and noodles until now. This weekend was about making Biryani & Raita.
While he does not recollect anything about the accident, Ritesh is now is fully aware that he was in an accident and is extremely grateful for his friends, family, and everyone who has supported him through donations & prayers during this journey. He has made a video thanking everyone for helping him come this far & asking for support to get further.
Secondly, as Ritesh shows signs of recovery, we thought you'd be keen to know the progress he has been making. Prior to getting discharged from Baylor Rehabilitation Center, his doctors removed the PEG tube as Ritesh has started swallowing well. We are encouraged that he has started speaking, although slurred & confused at the moment and gaining control over his left side of the body. Ritesh continues to be passionate about chasing his dream of completing his PhD and we pray that his passion helps him work towards gaining back memory, cognitive skills and becoming independent. He is currently in good hands of therapists at Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS) in Dallas (Irving)
Thirdly, there were some questions on Ritesh's insurance and we wanted to provide absolute transparency on the funds received so far and our plan of action as Ritesh progresses at the rehabilitation.
1) Ritesh is not an US citizen. Unfortunately, that means he is not eligible for any state funded rehabilitation support. We have spoken to leading neurologists and physical medicine and rehab doctors who recommend he remains in the US to get intense & long term mental & physical rehabilitation, which is unfortunately not available in India.
2) Rehabilitation at CNS is part of community discharge and the insurance doesn't fully cover for medication that he is on.
3)The driver was driving his grandmother’s car and our attorneys have dissuaded us from pursuing a civil case against the driver’s car insurance. We have hit a dead-end on claiming for damages from the driver.
Your donations will quite literally make all the difference in whether this is possible.
-Friends and Family of Ritesh.
Help spread the word!
Hello my name is Kimberly Nandalall. My daughter Ashley was involved in a bad car accident almost two weeks after she turned 16. She has a severe TBI with a diffused Axonal Injury. This is the hardest thing I have had to deal with in my entire life. She is currently in therapy. I am praying for your brother and your entire family. My daughter was treated at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia. She is 17 now. Please keep my family in your prayers. I'm praying for a total restoration for them both.
Get well soon
Praying for your speedy recovery..
Way to go!! Ritesh. You are one heck of a hero dude. Keep going. Wish you a speedy full recovery.
Congrats man! You are in my prayers.
Wish you very speed recovery Ritesh!! Go get your PHd. Hats-off to your determination. Keep it up.
wishing you the best!
Wishing him a speedy recovery!! & ur an awesome Sister
I am very happy to hear that Ritesh's health is improving !!Pray for all of you in the family to give enough strength to tide over these tough times...Take care
Please update us with the current health of condition of Ritesh. Thanks.
Wish him a speedy recovery
Praying for your speedy recovery ...hope you recover soon ...
Keeping you in my prayers. Hope you recover soon.
Can we donate using PayPal ??
Prayers for his full recovery
Get well Renu.
Wishes for a speedy recovery
wish u a speedy recovery.
Wishing you a speedy recovery !!
Wishing you a speedy recovery. God Bless You!