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If you have ever met Dr. Mukul Chandra, you have been welcomed by his warm smile. He is a 19-time marathon runner, community health speaker, and avid selfie-taker. He is a local cardiologist in Dayton, OH known for his ability to make his patients feel comfortable and reassured in stressful times. He has gone out of his way to be an advocate for medical students, patients, and friends. To many across the world, he is a mentor, friend, and hero.
In March 2020, Mukul was infected with COVID-19. As a frontline physician, he was infected early in the pandemics’ start. During his 8 weeks in the ICU at the Cleveland Clinic, Mukul’s lungs endured significant and irreversible damage and he is unable to breathe without significant external support only available in hospitals.
The medical team at the Clinic did not think Mukul would survive his initial battle with COVID-19. In April, he finally tested negative for COVID-19, a miracle. But, Mukul’s lungs suffered significant and permanent damage. He spent the next 3 months in a long-term care facility. As it became apparent his lungs would never heal and allow him to leave a hospital as is, he was air-lifted back to the Cleveland Clinic where it was determined he would need a lung transplant.
Thanks to the dedicated team at the Cleveland Clinic and medical professionals across the country, Mukul was placed on the transplant list and awaits a double lung transplant. He will remain an in-patient at CCF until his surgery.
Our ask for help:
Mukul will remain hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic until a donor is found and he regains mobility post-operation. His family has temporarily relocated to Cleveland to provide much-needed support for Mukul and each other.
We ask you to donate to assist with Mukul’s surgery and recovery expenses. As of now, he has spent nearly 6 months as an in-patient in the hospital. He will require full-time rehabilitation and nursing at home for several months, multiple life-long medications, and daily/weekly hospital visits in Cleveland to monitor changes with his new lungs.
His son Shubham and his wife Arti have taken off work to support him. His daughter Aayushi has taken the semester off. Your support helps reduce another significant stress in their life and helps them focus on Mukul's care. With your gracious support, we hope Mukul can resume taking selfies with his patients and training for his 20th marathon with his wife and two kids.
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