On the mend – and grate­ful for the help

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Karen Kotze

More than two months ago Ish­war Gidwani was a frac­tion from death.

He had a ma­jor heart at­tack on Jan­uary 28, and doc­tors gave him a 10 per­cent chance of re­cov­ery.

But to the de­light of his wife La­jwanti and their chil­dren, Karan, 13, and Kareena, 5, Mr Gidwani pulled through.

Mr Gidwani spent three weeks in Auck­land hospi­tal.

he fam­ily have since been billed $66,110.

The Gid­wa­nis moved to New Zealand just eight months ear­lier and have no health in­sur­ance.

Be­fore his heart at­tack Mr Gidwani was work­ing shifts at a petrol sta­tion while his wife was study­ing.

Know­ing they were un­able to meet the bill, pay the rent and buy food the fam­ily ap­pealed for help.

So far more than $11,300 has been do­nated.

“I have never seen such kind­ness for, and from, strangers,” he says.

Mrs Gidwani is work­ing part-time at a pizza out­let while study­ing at AUT Univer­sity for a post­grad­u­ate busi­ness diploma.

Any­one wish­ing to help with the Gidwani’s hospi­tal bill can make a do­na­tion at any West­pac Bank or on­line – ac­count holder Ish­war Gidwani, ac­count num­ber 030 227 0546614 000.

Photo: FIONA GOODALL

Road to re­cov­ery: Af­ter suf­fer­ing a mas­sive heart at­tack Ish­war Gidwani is now able to walk care­fully to meet his daugh­ter af­ter school.

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