Chakra Announcements

Prayer Request for Jahnavi Dasi

by Varnadi das and Yamuna devi dasi

Posted January 28, 2008


Jahnavi (Jennifer Haggard) of Alachua, daughter of Pavitra dd (ACBSP) and former director of Children of Krishna, has been in Shands Hospital in Gainesville since January 14th.

We are asking for the prayers and support from all her friends and well-wishers.

In the past couple of months Jahnavi has experienced several burns due to severe neuropathy, a symptom of her diabetes. Because of the neuropathy she has very little or no feeling in most of her extremities and it is therefore easily possible to get hurt without knowing. She had been in the hospital about two months earlier for an operation on one such burn and during that time the wound got infected with MRSA, a medication-resistant bacterium that is getting increasingly more common. The antibiotics administered to battle this MRSA worked and she spent Christmas and New Year at home. However, because of her weak immunity system the medication eventually lead to kidney failure. She would have left her body if it wasn't for an emergency kidney dialysis at the ICU of Shands.

The doctors are now keeping her in the hospital because her kidneys aren't responding and it looks like she will be on permanent dialysis from now on. She has many complicated health issues, including an upcoming likely amputation of her toes, that over all cause her situation to go from weak to precarious.

Jahnavi is very aware that her heart can fail and that her life is completely in Krishna's hands. She is mentally as sharp as ever. It would be fantastic if devotees could write her realizations, prayers, or encouraging words. You can send these as comments on this article or email them to yamunav108@yahoo.com and we will read them to her. If you live in the Alachua-Gainesville area and would like to visit her, please call Shands Hospital (352-265-0111) and ask for Jennifer Haggard. She can't always answer the phone, but if you're willing to just stop by anyway, that would be even better. Just be aware that sometimes she may be in the middle of a procedure and you may have to wait for ten minutes or so.

Please also keep her mother, Pavitra dd, and her son, Abhimanyu, in your prayers.

Your servants,
Varnadi das and Yamuna dd
(Willem and Jennifer Vandenberg)