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Hyderabad: A young man from Kothapalli of Karimnagar struck with trsgedy is lying in a comatose condition in a hospital in Georgia, US, with his family in dire need of help.

According to a crowdfunding campaign launched on gofundme.com by Marisa Meisters, Soujanya Elabotaram and Kalyan Reddy to help Sammaiah Elabotaram and his family raise funds, Sammaiah, the youngest of five children, had reached Atlanta, George four months ago.

He was planning to take his wife, Soujanya, and their one-year-old daughter along with him early next year. However, tragedy struck as Sammaiah was walking home from work on November 7.

He was nearly killed by a car as he was walking across the street. Sammaiah was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he underwent an immediate emergency brain surgery. He had reached the hospital with intra-cranial hemorrhaging. Even after the surgery, Sammaiah is still comatose and in the ICU at Grady as doctors figure out what the next steps should be.

According to his wife Soujanya, she had talked to Sammaiah a day before the accident as they would do daily.


“We discussed our plans about moving our family to the USA perhaps as soon as February. Sammaiah wanted to come back to India to see his parents and then to bring us from India to our new home in the USA. I could not talk to my husband in the evening as we regularly do on November 7. I called my mother-in-law that day to see if she heard from him as he regularly calls both of us. Later that night, we got the dreadful call from colleagues. I had to fly from India immediately, leaving our toddler with my parents, to find out what happened to Sammaiah,” she said.

“Our dreams of setting up a new home and new life were shattered. I have to stay away from my toddler to take care of my husband as his recovery will take several months. I am new to the USA and don’t know how things work. With the assistance of his friends, I am making this humble plea for help,” she wrote in the funding campaign’s note.

Immediate help is needed to pay for continued post trauma medical care, nursing, and rehabilitation, the campaign note says.

So far, 639 people have managed to raise $40,602 of the $500k goal in five hours.

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