UPDATE: An Appeal To Help Ramdas Abhirama Das Who Is In Critical Condition

UPDATE– Tuesday, September 17, 2019:  Please read the comment sent from Lilavilasini Dasi in Italy. 

https://www.gofundme.com/f/ramdas

By HH Indradyumna Swami

1dvgQpvDear Devotees Worldwide,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We are again making an appeal for financial support, this time for a very dear and loved devotee who has made significant contributions to the cultural expansion of our Krishna consciousness in the world. Ramdas Abhirama Das, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, suffered a serious cerebral intraparenchymal hemorrhage while visiting Italy with his wife Dhrti Dasi last week. Cerebral intraparenchymal hemorrhage is when a blood vessel bursts in the brain depriving the brain of oxygen and proper blood supply. It can result in death or impaired mobility throughout life.

When the hemorrhage happened Ramdas fell unconscious and was immediately airlifted by helicopter to a good hospital in Livorno, Italy. He has been in an induced coma in ICU since that time and more than likely he will remain in ICU for several weeks. Because the hemorrhage is deep within his brain doctors cannot operate. They can only monitor the situation.

Ramdas and Dhrti have Medicare in the USA, but unfortunately, it does not cover medical expenses in other countries. Additionally, they have no travel insurance.

We have consulted with the doctors about the cost of his care while in the hospital and they gave a rough estimate of £50,000. I say rough estimate because at this stage no one really knows what will happen to Ramdas. We can only pray and wait. If Ramdas survives the doctors say he will require months of successive treatment to learn how to use his bodily functions again. In their opinion that could easily amount to another £30,000. Needless to say, Dhrti will also need some financial support throughout this ordeal as well. She is presently staying with an Italian family who kindly offered a room in their modest house at least for the time being.

Ramdas and Dhrti are legends in ISKCON art, having painted in the BBT art trust from 1975 to 1986, with the original core of BBT artists including Jadurani Dasi, Pariksit Das and Murlidhar Das. They received personal instructions on painting from Srila Prabhupada and their paintings are included in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, Nectar of Devotion, Caitanya Caritamrta and Krsna Book.

Please donate generously to helping Ramdas and Dhrti in this very difficult and challenging moment in their lives. Srila Prabhupada once described the paintings done by them and other ISKCON artists as, ‘windows to the spiritual world.”

If anyone has any specific questions you may write to me personally at: Indradyumna.swami@gmail.com

Your Servant,
Indradyumna Swami

Please use this link to donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ramdas

 

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4 Responses to UPDATE: An Appeal To Help Ramdas Abhirama Das Who Is In Critical Condition

  1. Vrnda dd says:

    Is there an update in his condition? He and Dhrti were recently at our home in Oregon.
    Hare Krsna

    • Sangita Devi Dasi says:

      Dear Vrinda devi Prabhu,
      Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

      I am sorry but I have not heard any of the latest news about Ram das’ condition. Hopefully, we will hear something soon — praying it will be positive news!

      Your servant,
      Sangita devi dasi

  2. Vrnda dd says:

    Thank you Prabhu Hare Krsna

  3. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    Dear Devotees,

    PAMHO. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    The following news article is an edited version of what was sent to me today by my friend, Lilavilasini Devi Dasi who lives in Terni, Italy. Please continue to keep Ramdas Abhirama Das and his wife, Dhriti Devi Dasi, in your prayers. May Lord Krishna continue to keep these wonderful disciples of Srila Prabhupada safe at His lotus feet.

    Your servant,
    Sangita Devi Dasi

    ********************

    “Hari bolo Devotees. All glories to Srila Gurudeva and Srila Prabhupada.
    The situation with Ramdas Prabhu, for now, is this:

    Once free of the tubes and when permanently in a stable condition, the doctors are already talking about rehabilitation. The idea is to transfer Ramdas to Volterra where they are experts in this field.
    Yesterday they found a beating in the stomach that they hope will not create discomfort …It’s all a ‘wait and see’.

    Ramdas Prabhu is still in bed, his eyes are not lucid but if you ask him to blink if he desires, he does it. Then when he is awake he is conscious. He coughs moving his whole body, yawns opening his mouth with his face relaxed … in the sense that it seems that the muscles all move. He has sudden movements of the feet.

    The doctors don’t bother about anything, so understanding what really happened is difficult for now. We have to wait and see day by day. Ramdas has Prabhupada’s tiny little “chanting box” that sings close to his ear. Dhriti always smears it with Nrsimhadeva oil.

    For now the situation is this: Dhriti, with the help of Narada Muni Prabhu has found a small apartment in a very convenient location to move around and with everything she needs nearby. She can go by bus to the hospital and then she can easily shop on foot. Dhriti Prabhu is now in the most difficult phase of being in shock which is normal. On Thursday, her sister will come from America for a month.”

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