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posted Dec 21, 2010, 1:30 PM by Ashutosh Gupta   [ updated Dec 31, 2010, 3:01 PM ]

Appeal From Friends

This request is from Sujit Singh, Shikhar Srivastava, Srikant Pathak, Rahul Rai, Avinash Pandrinath and Debjit Das and others from IITK 96 batch – all of us are IITK peers of Puneet that he was able to reach out to so far. The attachment to this email has the exact same message. It is included in case you would like to forward.

Puneet is our batch-mate from IIT Kanpur, EE, B.Tech. 1996.

Puneet met with an unfortunate car accident with his wife and two daughters this past thanksgiving in Orlando, FL (see specifics below or attachment). They lost their 6 year old daughter, and need immediate funds to provide adequate medical attention (see specifics below) to their 2 year old daughter. This incident was reported in the press in Syracuse here.
At this time, we are looking to raise at least $100,000– so, please provide what you can to the best you can.

While nothing could fill this tragic loss – your help and consideration in getting this grieving family back on their feet – would be gratefully appreciated! To donate, please see below.

Thank You
Sujit Singh

How you can help

On behalf of Puneet, and the Capital IIT family, we thank everyone for donating generously.

Due to some latest developments, more monetary donations are not needed now (see below for the latest updates), but please continue to keep the little one, and the bereaved family in your prayers.

(For those who donated, this was a 501(c)(3) tax deductible donation.)

If you have any questions regarding this, please email me at

Latest Update

(December 30th, 2010)

Dear all,
I wanted to give you an update on Rishita's condition and also on the fund raiser. This is based on a call I had with Puneet today.
Puneet and family shifted from the Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando to the rehab facility in Jacksonville on the 23rd. The in-patient therapy started on the 24th. Per Puneet, Rishita is improving every day. She is now saying few words of her own also occasionally. She is now able to remain standing for a short period by holding on to something. She is also making efforts to walk by holding the parents' hands from both side. However, physical therapist has to work on her to make her learn walking skills again. Similarly, speech therapist will be working on her to make her swallow and take feed through mouth. This is very good progress compared to about 3 weeks ago when she was not recognizing any body, and almost day and night difference from late November.
Based on this good progress, hospital has recommended that the in-patient therapy can stop around the 6th/7th/8th of January, at which time the family can move to Syracuse and begin out-patient therapy there. This means that instead of the originally proposed 4-6 weeks of in-patient therapy, she will only undergo about 2 weeks. This is a big positive as she is progressing faster than originally suggested by the Doctor's.
As per the fundraising efforts, thanks to all of you, we have so far raised a little over 30K. Some of this was used to pay for the initial fee so that the hospital in Jacksonville would admit Rishita. About 60% of it came through the Capital IIT website. We thank all of you who were so generous with your money. We also have people who have pledged to the tune of 20K (over and above the 30K raised) and would rather pay a medical expense directly. This includes fund raised by some of our friends in India. So, this means, we raised over 50K in about a week's time.
Given the reduced in-patient therapy requirements, we feel that this will be enough money to fulfill the financial needs for Rishita's medical expenses. As such, Puneet is requesting that we no longer raise funds. If your check is not already in the mail, please do not mail it in any more. The money left at the end of the in-patient stay will be used towards paying for the out-patient therapy over the next few months.
A big thank you also for your thoughts, prayers and blessings. Puneet and famiy credit that for the good progress so far. Many many thanks, and please continue to keep Rishita and the family in your thoughts and prayers.
Please feel free to forward as appropriate.