Harpal Singh, a 37 yr old gursikh worked as a daily wage earner till he was ridden to bed because of acute health problems. Both his kidneys had been damaged, and he was on dialysis twice a week. The patient had been advised to start on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), a life-saving procedure by the PGI hospital, Chandigarh. This procedure was to cost Rs 4,55,000 (US $11,260) and would have to be continued throughout life. With the grace of Waheguru SikhGiving collected $10,165 in 20 days through online donations as well by setting up a collection booth at Fremont gurdwara for few hours. But despite all efforts by the doctors, and generous donations by the sangat for the patient’s treatment, Harpal Singh could not be saved. Harpal Singh was admitted to Hospital for operation, but the same was delayed due to low blood count. More than 15 units of blood plasma were given to him but there was no improvement. Harpal singh breathed his last in the early hours of Oct 6th, 2007. Harpal Singh is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons. The remaining sum of money has been deposited in the wife’s name, which will provide them fixed monthly returns to take care of their basic needs. We took their case on July 1st 2007.
July 11th 2007
We are also thankful to the Sangat at Fremont Gurdwara Sahib, who helped us in collecting $2680 for Harpal Singh.
July 22nd 2007
Completed: With the grace of Waheguru SikhGiving collected $10,165 in 20 days. Harpal Singh’s operation appointment is fixed for August 7th at PGI in Chandigarh. We are thankful to all those who donated for this cause generously from $1.00 to $800. Thank you for the kind and generous sewa and may god bless you all.
September 12th 2007
Operation: Harpal Singh was admitted on Monday (Sept. 9th) and his operation will be done on Tuesday for fitting the connecting tube and 2 weeks later instrument will be fitted.
September 15th 2007
Their date was fixed for operation on September 11th. He was admitted on Monday (September 10) morning but was told to go home in the evening. Today (Sep 15th) their operation is scheduled for 2nd week of October. SikhGiving members are constantly in touch with Harpal Singh’s family.
October 5th 2007
Harpal Singh was admitted to the PGI hospital on Sept 24th for the surgery (for the second time, the first time on Sept 10th, he was discharged because they had another emergency patient). Everything was ready, the whole supplies for the surgery had been bought. But before operating, they found out that he had a very low blood cell count, so had to be given blood transfusions. Next day Harpal Singh was taken to the Surgery room but had to be wheeled back again as his health was not found fit for the surgery to take place, and was recommended more blood transfusions. Today, his health condition is reported to be serious.
October 6th 2007
With a heavy heart, we regret to inform the Sangat that Harpal Singh passed away in the early hours of Oct 6th.
Despite all efforts by the doctors, and generous donations by the sangat for the patient’s treatment, Harpal Singh could not be saved. Harpal Singh was admitted to Hospital for operation, but the same was delayed due to low blood count. More than 15 units of blood plasma were given to him but there was no improvement.
Harpal Singh is survived by his wife, two daughters and two sons.
Cremation ceremony took place at noon the same day. The funeral pyre was lit by his elder son, who is only 6 yrs old.
SikhGiving along with the help of local bank officials in Chandigarh were able to safely arranged the 5 year fixed deposit (CD) on the amount of sewa collected for Harpal’s operation. Deceased Harpal’s wife and his children will be able to get financial help from the interest of the fixed deposit. After 5 years, whole amount will be available to Harpal’s family then its up to them to decide whether to carry getting help from interest or to spend the amount for other expense; like marriage/education of their kids etc. Account is under the name of Amarjit Kaur (wife of Harpal Singh).