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Help My Grandfather Fight Viral Encephalitis.

Hallo Kindness,

My name is Anahata Sundarmurthy. I am glad to make your acquaintance, and appreciate the time you've taken to read my appeal. If you do contribute to this campaign, I sincerely request you to leave a name or number,  so I may be able to thank you. Now, here it is...

What is the campaign for?
My grandfather, Satheesh Vaman Karimbil, aged 78 years, recently contracted an infection called Viral Encephalitis. He is fighting for his life for the second time in the past 4 months, and although he recovered the first time around, he has had a second attack with added complications.

Why am I requesting for financial aid?
Very truthfully and simply, here is why:

Over the last 4 months, we have spent around Rs. 4.3 Lakhs totally on my grandfather's hospitalisation, medication and maintenance. This amount includes both my parents' savings and money taken on loan. We have exhausted our reserves and are not in a position to debate further loans. Having used up our medical insurance claim for the first time hospitalisation costs, we no longer have a sufficient amount of money left to dedicate to my grandfather's medical needs.

My grandfather's suffering is great and I am not sure if it is better or not that he is not always conscious to know it.

It would be an act of great kindness if you would help me and my parents help my grandfather, Satheesh, reduce his pain and live as normal a life as he is able. As he said soon after his first recovery: "The only thing I can do is accept this, that I am still alive, and move on with the time I have."

Contributions can be made via the "Donate Now" option in this link or directly to the following account:

Where will the money go and what will it be used for?
All the money from this campaign will be used to pay for my grandfather's hospitalisation, continuing medical assistance and medications, and his overall daily requirements.

What is Viral Encephalitis?
This infection is more commonly known as 'Brain Fever'. The infection may be bacterial or viral. In some cases, encephalitis may be the result of an immune system disorder. Mild cases may cause no symptoms or mild flu-like symptoms. Severe cases can be life-threatening. Immediate medical attention is required for symptoms such as confusion, hallucinations, seizures, weakness and loss of sensation. In addition to addressing the underlying cause, treatments include symptomatic relief and supportive care. This infection typically affects the elderly, of ages 60 and above. Fortunately, it is an uncommon disease in our geographical region of the world, and only 1% of the Indian population is prone to it.

Unfortunately, my grandfather is part of this 1%, and is in critical condition.

Who is Satheesh Vaman Karimbil?
By now, you will know that he is my grandfather, from my mother's side. He was many things in his life, including a professional photographer, a connoisseur of arts, a martial artist, a dog enthusiast and professional dog trainer, and a father to two daughters. He taught me photography and its techniques, some dog training and I share much of his love for the arts. He was always encouraging of this.

Today, he is a man in dire need of intense and extensive medical aid.

What happened to my grandfather?
He came back from a very fulfilling trip to Germany, where he met the renowned dog whisperer, César Milan. My grandfather is also in many ways a dog whisperer. He dedicated much of his life to training dogs and caring for them.  He would encourage anyone with a penchant for dog training, and would help anyone who showed the smallest interest in dogs.
As mentioned, encephalitis can be bacterial or viral. Soon after his return from Germany, his physical condition deteriorated. We, just like he, passed it off as age finally catching up to him. He was a brisk, old man, so it was strange to see how worn out he seemed.

Not long had passed since this observation than we got a call informing us that he had been rushed to emergency at Stanley Hospital in Washermanpet. He had been found on the road, fallen and having epileptic seizures. Kindness, in the shape of a man, found him and admitted him immediately.
He stayed in critical condition for a period of one month, in which time he fought the treatment hard. His confusion was caused by the inflammation in his brain, said the doctors, and he began to physically struggle. He couldn't recognise the people he was talking to all the time and many times became very anxious and agitated, needing assistance for every basic action. After he was brought out from critical care, we transferred him to St. Isabel Hospital, Mylapore, for more treatment. His condition slowly stabilised, and we were finally able to take him home. Although his physical condition improved, his mental recollection, recognition and cognitive abilities remained unreliable. Over a month, he improved to a point where he was able to travel, with assistance, and returned to his home in Thirunindravur.

My parents, both, took leave of their jobs for the time that my grandfather was hospitalised and helped support him. Anjali, a friend of my grandfather, helped us every step of the way, and my aunt, Sangeeta too. The insurance money that came covered one-third of the costs incurred, which, at the time, was close to 3 Lakh rupees.

Again, nearly 2 weeks ago, he was readmitted to emergency care at Parvathee Hospital, Thirunindravur. He had another attack. This time, it was accompanied by Atrial Arrhythmia, caused due to the fluctuations in his brain. Separately, a second condition called Ventricular Tachycardia has developed, adding to him suffering. Both these conditions affect his heart directly, causing his heart to be perpetually unstable. Although he has been discharged from the hospital, he is on heavy medication for his cocktail condition and is being maintained and monitored closely.
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20th March 2019
Dear Donors,

It's been some time since the last update.

Grandpa Satheesh is working hard to make himself better. Summing up his situation, since Grandpa Satheesh made a recovery for the second time, he has been having horrific nightmares which are now being controlled via medication. Otherwise, he seems to believe his dreams for reality and does not engage with any negative news well at all. He is easy to panic,  but all that is being managed with good company and medical attention.

The doctors have told us that supervision is a must at all times. Viral Encephalitis at his age is not something that can be cured, but it can be maintained. Impediments will remain for the remainder of his life. The emphasis on maintenance is multifold.

I wish to thank each and every single one of you who has contributed towards his well-being. There are not enough words for your kindness and consideration, but I will use the ones I know. Thank you for contributing and helping us meet his needs on the financial front. With your help, we will be able to cover some of the cost incurred during his hospitalisation and his current upkeep. Unfortunately, we were not able to reach the target amount set here on this fundraiser,  but that is just a small hiccup on a long road.

My deepest thanks to you again.

Yours sincerely,
Anahata Sundarmurthy


Dear Donors,

It's been some time since the last update.

Grandpa Satheesh is working hard to make himself better. Summing up his situation, since Grandpa Satheesh made a recovery for the second time, he has been having horrific nightmares which are now being controlled via medication. Otherwise, he seems to believe his dreams for reality and does not engage with any negative news well at all. He is easy to panic,  but all that is being managed with good company and medical attention.

The doctors have told us that supervision is a must at all times. Viral Encephalitis at his age is not something that can be cured, but it can be maintained. Impediments will remain for the remainder of his life. The emphasis on maintenance is multifold.

I wish to thank each and every single one of you who has contributed towards his well-being. There are not enough words for your kindness and consideration, but I will use the ones I know. Thank you for contributing and helping us meet his needs on the financial front. With your help, we will be able to cover some of the cost incurred during his hospitalisation and his current upkeep. Unfortunately, we were not able to reach the target amount set here on this fundraiser,  but that is just a small hiccup on a long road.

My deepest thanks to you again.

Yours sincerely,
Anahata Sundarmurthy


11th December 2018
Hello you :)

It's been a while since the last time I spoke to you.  So, here I am with what's the current status of my grandfather.

Update #2:


My grandfather, Satheesh, is currently living with us in Thiruvanmiyur. He is mobile and is able to speak well enough,  and is mostly aware of what's on around him. He misses all his dogs and all the dog training he used to do, but he is under strict instructions not to do any physical work or be in any situation that may cause his heart rate to rise, as he is currently suffering from severe PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He hallucinates very intense and distressful scenarios and wakes up sweating. Due to this, he is very suggestible and we have been taking care not to cause him any alarm. Any activity that may cause Grandpa Satheesh to feel agitated is strictly not allowed. His activities include sleeping, eating, chatting with people on the phone and doctor's appointments.

In his last check-up,  the doctors adjusted his medication as he reacted badly to the previously prescribed dosage. He is on very heavy neuropathic drugs and heart medication.

In spite of the complications, he has made an improvement to the point of being able to eat by himself and relieve himself when he needs to.

I thank you for your continued support and request that, if you are able, then to contribute what you can monetarily or by sharing this campaign with those you know who may help. The given target amount is still a long way from being achieved. Please do help to make this happen! Thank you again :)

Yours truly,
Anahata Sundarmurthy
Hello you :)

It's been a while since the last time I spoke to you.  So, here I am with what's the current status of my grandfather.

Update #2:


My grandfather, Satheesh, is currently living with us in Thiruvanmiyur. He is mobile and is able to speak well enough,  and is mostly aware of what's on around him. He misses all his dogs and all the dog training he used to do, but he is under strict instructions not to do any physical work or be in any situation that may cause his heart rate to rise, as he is currently suffering from severe PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

He hallucinates very intense and distressful scenarios and wakes up sweating. Due to this, he is very suggestible and we have been taking care not to cause him any alarm. Any activity that may cause Grandpa Satheesh to feel agitated is strictly not allowed. His activities include sleeping, eating, chatting with people on the phone and doctor's appointments.

In his last check-up,  the doctors adjusted his medication as he reacted badly to the previously prescribed dosage. He is on very heavy neuropathic drugs and heart medication.

In spite of the complications, he has made an improvement to the point of being able to eat by himself and relieve himself when he needs to.

I thank you for your continued support and request that, if you are able, then to contribute what you can monetarily or by sharing this campaign with those you know who may help. The given target amount is still a long way from being achieved. Please do help to make this happen! Thank you again :)

Yours truly,
Anahata Sundarmurthy
13th November 2018
Hello Supporter,

Update #1:

My grandfather, Satheesh has been discharged from the hospital and is now living in his home, in Thirunindravur. He is under heavy medication that helps stabilise his conditions. He is being treated for Viral Encephalitis, Atrial Arrhythmia and Ventricular Tachycardia.

He is scheduled for a review on Friday 16th November,  2018. He is able to function only with assistance and requires constant attention and care. The doctors have advised that he have complete rest and must be under supervision at all times.

Although he has improved since his 2nd stint at the hospital, his chances of a full recovery have thinned further. As this disease is one that affects the brain,  it in turn destroys the control a person has over the rest of their body and bodily functions. We are all praying for his health, hoping to ease him in his suffering. He is not allowed to do anything that may increase his heart rate.  He requires constant support from now onwards, in all manners. But Grandpa Satheesh,  is a very optimistic man, and is doing his best to work on his physical and mental strength, both. He has been working on puzzles, be it Sudoku,  picture puzzles, word puzzles, etc., so that he keeps his wits sharp. He gives us all perspective and hope that there is a chance for his betterment in the coming future.

Financial Specifics:

The money collected through this campaign  will go to pay for the time that Grandpa Satheesh was hospitalised in Parvathee Hospital, Thirunindravur and for the ongoing treatment. The images uploaded are of bills that have been paid during my grandfather's hospitalisation. The total amount spent is close to 4.3 lakhs, and the target for the campaign is for money that is both required for paid bills and the coming bills. I had been advised to match the target amount of this campaign with the amount that has been spent, but as they are many and confusing, I have uploaded just a few. The initial 2 lakhs target was brought down for this purpose. The amount of Rs.2,00,000 was inclusive of the expenses yet to come, as Grandpa Satheesh has been scheduled for tests over the next month; in case of any adverse reaction to treatment,  we are to expect a change in said treatment. The 2 lakhs is an approximate average that we have calculated based on cost of medicine and treatment so far. The money will go into paying for any and all further medical requirements, including that of a full time attending nurse, daily upkeep, medication,  and further testing (blood work, scans,  echo, ICU costs, etc).

Thank you!

Some of the Bills:

Hello Supporter,

Update #1:

My grandfather, Satheesh has been discharged from the hospital and is now living in his home, in Thirunindravur. He is under heavy medication that helps stabilise his conditions. He is being treated for Viral Encephalitis, Atrial Arrhythmia and Ventricular Tachycardia.

He is scheduled for a review on Friday 16th November,  2018. He is able to function only with assistance and requires constant attention and care. The doctors have advised that he have complete rest and must be under supervision at all times.

Although he has improved since his 2nd stint at the hospital, his chances of a full recovery have thinned further. As this disease is one that affects the brain,  it in turn destroys the control a person has over the rest of their body and bodily functions. We are all praying for his health, hoping to ease him in his suffering. He is not allowed to do anything that may increase his heart rate.  He requires constant support from now onwards, in all manners. But Grandpa Satheesh,  is a very optimistic man, and is doing his best to work on his physical and mental strength, both. He has been working on puzzles, be it Sudoku,  picture puzzles, word puzzles, etc., so that he keeps his wits sharp. He gives us all perspective and hope that there is a chance for his betterment in the coming future.

Financial Specifics:

The money collected through this campaign  will go to pay for the time that Grandpa Satheesh was hospitalised in Parvathee Hospital, Thirunindravur and for the ongoing treatment. The images uploaded are of bills that have been paid during my grandfather's hospitalisation. The total amount spent is close to 4.3 lakhs, and the target for the campaign is for money that is both required for paid bills and the coming bills. I had been advised to match the target amount of this campaign with the amount that has been spent, but as they are many and confusing, I have uploaded just a few. The initial 2 lakhs target was brought down for this purpose. The amount of Rs.2,00,000 was inclusive of the expenses yet to come, as Grandpa Satheesh has been scheduled for tests over the next month; in case of any adverse reaction to treatment,  we are to expect a change in said treatment. The 2 lakhs is an approximate average that we have calculated based on cost of medicine and treatment so far. The money will go into paying for any and all further medical requirements, including that of a full time attending nurse, daily upkeep, medication,  and further testing (blood work, scans,  echo, ICU costs, etc).

Thank you!

Some of the Bills:

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Rs.48,801 raised

Goal: Rs.83,070

Beneficiary: Satheesh Vaman ... info_outline

Supporters (22)

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Vivek G donated Rs.1,500
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Rajkumari donated Rs.2,000
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Anonymous donated US $200

All my prayers.

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WindWalker donated US $50

Prayers are being made here as well. Hang in there =)

A
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000

May he gets well really soon.

A
Anonymous donated Rs.500