Mitravinda Critically Ill
Posted February 10, 2008
Mitravinda dd (Maria Zaldivar), a beloved pillar of the Alachua community, is currently in the ICU of Shands Hospital at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Our community was shocked and deeply saddened when she was recently diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer, which had already metastasized significantly. Her doctors have told her that chemotherapy is no longer an option at this point. While so many of us were just beginning to digest this news and the prognosis that Mother Mitravinda may have only four to six months more to live, she faced another predicament: an emergency surgery to remove blockages in her upper and lower intestines. About a week ago she had experienced excruciating abdominal pain and Mother Akuti spent the night with her. After a long day in the emergency room the next day she was admitted. She made it through the surgery, but now has an infection to deal with. Mind you, this surgery was not meant to prolong her life or treat the cancer, but only to solve the abdominal pains and allow her to eat again.
Mitravinda has served as a pujari at New Ramanreti since the late 80s. For all these years she has dressed the Deities gorgeously and would daily bring Srila Prabhupada a garland of fresh flowers from her garden. Her loving, jovial demeanor brightened so many lives every day. She had been through a rough time in the past couple of years, after her husband left her, yet still kept her spirits up despite these personal problems. She has been sincerely serving her spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, since the day she got initiated.
Mitravinda is in need of the most valuable gift; that of the vaishnava's prayers for her spiritual wellbeing. Her children, Samba, Raghunath, and Nandini, are in need of more than just your prayers, though. They are in dire need of financial assistance. Each of them has a family with young children to raise and support. If you have been blessed with good financial means in this lifetime, we beg you to kindly donate towards Mitravinda's medical emergency. Her sons are so devastated that they are barely able to work right now. Her daughter lives with her husband and two children in Australia and desperately wants to come see her mother before Krishna calls her home, but needs help with these expenses as well.
Checks can be made out to "Zaldivar" and mailed to:
PO Box 771
Alachua, FL 32616
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Thank you so very much for your generosity and service to this exceptional and faithful daughter of Srila Prabhupada.