Please Help Gaurasundara Prabhu
Posted April 10, 2007
February 16, 2007
Hare Krsna Dear Devotees,
Please accept our respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga.
We are sending out this letter with a heavy heart with the intention of reaching our international devotee family. We sincerely request all devotees to join our effort to help a dear friend, god brother and very special devotee named Gaurasundara Prabhu. Gaurasundara is the son of Mangala Devi and Ciranjiva Prabhu (Srila Prabhupada's disciples). At the age of fifteen he fully dedicated his life to Guru and Gauranga. He left home, went to Vrndavana Dham, took a vow of brahmacarya and grew into a prodigy of extraordinary devotional talent. For years thereafter Gaura traveled throughout the world preaching the mission of Mahaprabhu. His model character, amazing kirtans and sincere devotional talks touched the hearts of so many devotees.
In July, 2004 Gaurasundara Prabhu returned from a preaching tour and while attending a pilgrimage in Jagannatha Puri Dhama, dove into the ocean waves, hit his head on the sand and broke his neck. This tragic accident left him paralyzed and without sensation from the chest down. After the accident Gaurasundara underwent surgery and a seven month stay in Bhuvanesvara Hospital until he was physically stable. At that time he returned to the states and has been in the care of his mother and family who are with him night and day.
For two years now Gaura has dealt courageously with the Lord's unexpected test. In one sense, little has changed. His preaching continues although it is more localized, his body is less mobile and his kirtan a bit quieter. But true to character, he continues in the best of spirits, inspiring his family and the regular flow of guests who file through his room. Despite all that has happened Gaura's devotional spirit still remains an example to us all. Physically he has also made a little progress yet recovery is painfully slow and over the past months seems to have come to a standstill.
Gaura and his family have spent months consulting with medical professionals and thoroughly researching all varieties of treatment. One option clearly stands out above the rest. Since Gaura's accident amazing breakthroughs have taken place in the medical field regarding the treatment of spinal injuries through the process of stem cell treatment. Effective procedures regenerating muscles and spinal cord tissues can now cure people with spinal injuries. Treatments in the U.S. have been limited due to political red tape, but in China, Mexico, Sweden and Portugal paraplegics and quadriplegics have been treated with a surprising record of success. Gaura and his family cautiously celebrate the very real potential of such a cure for Gaura.
A specialist in China has been selected for Gaura's treatment. China is one of the most prominent countries in the practice of umbilical cord stem cell treatment. This process involves extracting stem cells from the severed umbilical cord of a new born baby. The infant is not harmed.
Because Gaura is one of six children and his mother Mangala is a single parent living on a low fixed income, it is natural that raising the necessary $40,000 for surgery, physical therapy and the cost of travel expenses for Gaura and two family members to assist him has been difficult. As of today three quarters of the necessary funds have been collected. Our hope is that even those who don't have the pleasure of knowing Gaura may still sense the value in helping a soul like Gaura to walk, dance and continue to inspire people in devotional service.
A Note From Gaura's Mother
My Dear Friends,
I want to express my gratitude to all the devotees who have so kindly helped and who may help in the future. I have no doubt that the Lord will surely bless anyone who would share for a soul like Gaura. I have learned so many valuable lessons through these difficult times. Most importantly I hope that I have learned to be kind to others as you have all been to me--this is my earnest prayer. My most heartfelt thanks and obeisances to you all. My son Gaurasundar insisted that devotees should not be asked for donations. Gaura is very shy and does not like attention and honor. He is a very good boy and I am proud of the wonderful devotee he has become. Despite Gaura's mood, close friends and also devotees whom we have never met have insisted that they want to help. Now we have nearly collected all the funds needed for Gaura's treatment. I really hope that we can fulfill Gaura's dream of walking and actively serving again. Thank you so much for helping. Please remember us in your prayers.
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