Hyderabad: A 35-year-old techie from the city Kesav Kalluri met with a bike accident in Worcester, Massachussets, and is in a critical condition. The accident happened as Kesav, while riding a bike, crashed into a wall in the suburbs of Worcester, reports reaching here said on Friday.
Kesav works as a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts.
Kesav is a 2002 alumnus of Osmania University, with degrees in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering under his belt. He has been employed with the University of Massachusetts in different teaching positions since 2008. Between 2002 and 2007, Kesav worked as a software engineer, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Relatives of the victim started a GoFundMe campaign for helping him, collecting nearly $7K from a goal of $100K in five days.
The victim’s uncle, a resident of New Jersey, wrote in the fundraising request that the bike accident happened towards the end of May, ‘over the Memorial Day (May 29) weekend’.
Details of Kesav’s condition were given in the fundraising request by the victim’s uncle Ramaswamy Sastry Varanasi: The spinal cord of Kesav Kalluri was ‘very badly affected’ and ‘needed an emergency surgery’.
“He also underwent a hip replacement surgery. Currently, he is paralysed waist-down, and the doctors are skeptical about the full recovery of his lower extremities,” wrote Sastry.
Sastry added that Kesav had ‘lost both his parents and has one older brother living in New Jersey’.
“He is in desperate need of financial help. As a family, we are doing our best in offering financial and moral support. That said, he has a long way to go. We would be very grateful for your generosity,” he wrote.
Ramaswamy Sastry referred to his nephew as ‘Vasu’ in the fundraising note, and friends of the victim were also seen calling him by that name on the comments to his Facebook posts.