Jay, who back in his native India worked for Habitat for Humanity, is currently employed as an account executive for a local business. In his spare time, though, he is just as busy organizing a variety of events in the city, along with being the project director of uTurn Project, a local charity that provides programs for new Canadians and needy people around the world.
His wife and three boys, ages 10, 12 and 18, haven’t been able to go to the hospital to check in on the much-loved husband and father. Not long after he tested positive for COVID-19, they all fell ill and also tested positive.
They know now he contracted the virus at a prayer meeting earlier this month in a local home, its featured guest that day a minister from Singapore. Jyoti and the boys are currently quarantined in their northeast Calgary home, depending on the kindness of their fellow Tamil Christian church congregants and other friends for groceries and necessities.
“They were all talking with that man and shaking his hand,” says his wife of the meeting; her own symptoms are mild but causing her much anxiety and fear as she awaits daily word on her husband. “It’s not affecting my boys much, they’re as active as ever around the house.”
Still, her family’s current crisis is one she wouldn’t wish on anyone.
“Wash your hands, practice social distancing,” says the woman who trained to be a nurse in India. “I just want to pray for everyone, for whoever is going through this situation,” she says, adding: “there are many people like us, going through this in our city.”
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