On the mend – and grateful for the help
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.
Road to recovery: After suffering a massive heart attack Ishwar Gidwani is now able to walk carefully to meet his daughter after school.