Ritesh's fight for life

$121,332 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 2,388 people in 15 months
Renu Sevanthi
on behalf of ritesh sevanthi dilipan
 LUBBOCK, TX
On March 5th, my brother Ritesh Sevanthi Dilipan (2 weeks after his 32nd birthday) was driving back home when he was hit by another car on the Marsha Sharp freeway, Lubbock (TX) [Click here to view the news article ]. He has suffered severe head injuries with extensive damage to his brain, medical term being Diffused Axonal Injury and Brain Stem Injury. He is currently in the UMC Surgical ICU battling 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.
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Inspired and shit scared. As I travel back to India this time and recollect all the flights I have taken to the US and back in the last 12 months, that's how I feel. Remembering the changes of fortune in our long voyage, thinking of the hundreds of people who worked to bring us until here and continue to walk with us into a very uncertain future, all I wish for ,is for us to be able to give back multi fold to the universe.

Ritesh is now back in Lubbock, where he goes to therapy and is trying to get back to school during the rest of the day. He uses the walker for walking, wears glasses and recently got a hearing aid, struggles with his voice and his memory, which impacts his ability to write. He has lost a lot of people in his life and simply said his life is topsy turvy now. But he now laughs more than I have ever heard him before and has gained an even stronger desire to move ahead. They say your family is your toughest critic and your sister your worst nemesis :), but we admire him the most.
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1st time without a wheelchair, in 8 months. Went to the clinic with just my walker!!
Walking with the walker
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Hello,

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! 

Ritesh 
https://www.gofundme.com/save-ritesh
Its hard, but trying to stand
Home exercise to help with walking
Test driving my walker at the apartment
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Over the last 2 months we are doing many things outside the Rehab to help us navigate through what we need to know as we aim to help Ritesh live an independent life and complete his Phd. He aims to be back at school by January and move to an out patient therapy.

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.
Ritesh's Thank you Video
Biryani and Raita, he made this weekend
Ritesh walking in the pool
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Kimberly Rucker Nandalall
9 months ago
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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.

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Priya Bernard
12 months ago

Get well soon

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Jayanthi Pandit
15 months ago

Praying for your speedy recovery..

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Prasanth Pennepalli
7 months ago

Way to go!! Ritesh. You are one heck of a hero dude. Keep going. Wish you a speedy full recovery.

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Abhishek Gaurav
7 months ago

Congrats man! You are in my prayers.

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Prasanth Pennepalli
7 months ago

Wish you very speed recovery Ritesh!! Go get your PHd. Hats-off to your determination. Keep it up.

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Abhishek Gaurav
9 months ago

wishing you the best!

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Kusum Chand
12 months ago

Wishing him a speedy recovery!! & ur an awesome Sister

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Rupa Ashwin
13 months ago

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

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Prasanth Pennepalli
13 months ago

Please update us with the current health of condition of Ritesh. Thanks.

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NP
Nallasivam Palanisamy
15 months ago

Wish him a speedy recovery

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Mangala Vasu
15 months ago

Praying for your speedy recovery ...hope you recover soon ...

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Abhishek Gaurav
15 months ago

Keeping you in my prayers. Hope you recover soon.

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Poonam Saxena
15 months ago

Can we donate using PayPal ??

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Ramki Kazhiyur-Mannar
15 months ago

Prayers for his full recovery

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Pineda Cortez Alex
15 months ago

Get well Renu.

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Lakshmi Suryamohan
15 months ago

Wishes for a speedy recovery

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Purabi Majumdar
15 months ago

wish u a speedy recovery.

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Suyogita Patil
15 months ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery !!

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Niranjan Babu Gantala
15 months ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery. God Bless You!

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Raised by 2,388 people in 15 months
Created March 16, 2017
Renu Sevanthi
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Kimberly Rucker Nandalall
9 months ago
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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.

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Priya Bernard
12 months ago

Get well soon

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Jayanthi Pandit
15 months ago

Praying for your speedy recovery..

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Prasanth Pennepalli
7 months ago

Way to go!! Ritesh. You are one heck of a hero dude. Keep going. Wish you a speedy full recovery.

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Abhishek Gaurav
7 months ago

Congrats man! You are in my prayers.

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Prasanth Pennepalli
7 months ago

Wish you very speed recovery Ritesh!! Go get your PHd. Hats-off to your determination. Keep it up.

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Abhishek Gaurav
9 months ago

wishing you the best!

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Kusum Chand
12 months ago

Wishing him a speedy recovery!! & ur an awesome Sister

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Rupa Ashwin
13 months ago

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

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Prasanth Pennepalli
13 months ago

Please update us with the current health of condition of Ritesh. Thanks.

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NP
Nallasivam Palanisamy
15 months ago

Wish him a speedy recovery

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Mangala Vasu
15 months ago

Praying for your speedy recovery ...hope you recover soon ...

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Abhishek Gaurav
15 months ago

Keeping you in my prayers. Hope you recover soon.

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Poonam Saxena
15 months ago

Can we donate using PayPal ??

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Ramki Kazhiyur-Mannar
15 months ago

Prayers for his full recovery

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Pineda Cortez Alex
15 months ago

Get well Renu.

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Lakshmi Suryamohan
15 months ago

Wishes for a speedy recovery

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Purabi Majumdar
15 months ago

wish u a speedy recovery.

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Suyogita Patil
15 months ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery !!

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Niranjan Babu Gantala
15 months ago

Wishing you a speedy recovery. God Bless You!

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