Neil Patel is 20 years old and an Upper Merion resident with his
parents, Chet and Hema, Aunt Nita, grandparents and so many more family
members and friends. Neil is currently fighting for his life at Penn
Medicine from COVID19. Neil started showing symptoms approximately 18
days ago and has struggled along his recovery. But at every step of the
way has smiled when he can, given heart symbols with the help of his
wonderful nurses, and fought as hard as he could.
April 11th, Neil had a set back and had to be put back on the
ventilator because he is unable to breath on his own and needs the help
of this machine as well as a ECMO machine.
What has continued
to shine through this tragedy that has struck this family is Neil’s
passion, drive, talent, love for others before himself. It is written
in hundreds of testimonials from his family, his incredible friends,
teachers, coaches and perfect strangers. Neil is a band member, a
talented drama student, a Penn State college student, a musician, a son,
a nephew, a grandchild, a friend, an employee and so much more. This
is a young man that has climbed mountains, flown planes, traveled
extensively, been on stage, been an incredible student and yet is
humble, considerate, compassionate and for all that know him, exactly
what you would want your son or daughter to be when they grow up- a
breath of fresh air when he walks into any room.
Neil and his
family needs our help to help him breath and help them breath. As many
who know the Patel family, Hema, Chet, Nita and all the other extended
family – they are always the first ones to step up to help. They were
always the ones working the concession stand at KoP Indians (them and
their extended family), always the last one at a school or athletic
event cleaning up, always the one to stop by and ask what someone needed
when no one else was around. You also know that it is not easy for
them to accept help and they would never ask for it but that is exactly
what we need to do now more than ever as a community. HELP!
GoFundMe is set up as an immediate way to help them financially as we
do not know the impact on them with this journey they are on currently.
Let’s take the financial worry away from them so they can just breath
for Neil while he gains strength to breath on his own. Other
information will be coming out with other ways to support and help but
let’s get this financial support started now.
Any questions or
concerns please reach out to Fran Littlewood [email redactado] or
[teléfono redactado] . As you can imagine the family is overwhelmed and
humbled by all the texts, calls, messages and more but can not answer
all and everyone although they will always try. Please check out Neil’s
Magic Carpet Facebook page for medical updates when the family is ready