92-year-old back to active lifestyle after Cardiac Rehabilitation

In 2016, Mr. Russell was referred to Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation with a critical blockage that required a stent in his left main artery. His cardiologist says he was lucky to survive and his whole family was rattled with the thought of almost losing their dad. A month after surgery, he started Cardiac Rehabilitation and slowly regained his strength, stamina, and confidence to return to his normal daily activities of a very active 92-year-old.

Approaching graduation, Mr. Russell started to experience more shortness of breath and new chest discomfort. His cardiologist was notified and his medications were adjusted but his condition continued to deteriorate along with his quality of life. His cardiologist advised to treat him medically and reduce activity levels to control symptoms. Mr. Russell’s symptoms continued to escalate. The family was torn and relied heavily on our Cardiac Rehabilitation staff for emotional and psychological support.

One Friday, his wife contacted Sue Seymour while at home concerned her husband seemed to be really going downhill stating they had to do something. Sue advised them to go directly to Novant Health Forsyth Medical Centers Emergency Department. Even though high risk, a procedure was done with a second stent placed in another coronary artery.

Mr. Russell came back to the Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and started the whole process over but this time with great success. He continues to exercise and remains stable in the Connection Link exercise program. The patient, and his wife, credits cardiac rehabilitation for giving them his life back.

Mr. Russell owes his life to Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation. 

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When giving a little turns into sharing a lot

Tansukh and Sarla along with their adult son, Rajesh, consider their good fortune a gift to share with others. For the last nine years, the three family members have worked out a plan to donate roughly two-thirds of their assets to worthy causes, of which Novant Health is honored to be part.

It was originally Rajesh’s suggestion that they give so others can benefit. “We have more than enough to live on for the rest of our lives,” he explained. “Why don’t we give it away to charities?”

The Ganatras agree on their giving priorities. Improving the lives of those in need and supporting education and healthcare initiatives get their first attention. Random acts of kindness are also part of their charitable repertoire. They have been known to pick up medical bills for patients who could not afford them as well as to pay tuition for the training and education for young adults who needed a little career help. “It’s the right thing for us to do,” said Tansukh.

For their healthcare, the Ganatras have gravitated to Novant Health providers. “All of us have been impressed with everyone on the care team,” said Tansukh, who can personally attest to Novant Health’s remarkable patient experience. Tansukh suffered a heart attack and was not expected to live. After he recuperated at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, he became a model patient, adjusting his diet and faithfully participating in cardiac rehabilitation three times a week.

In many ways, the Ganatra family has lived the American dream, though their story started in Africa, where Tansukh and Sarla, both of Indian ancestry, were raised. He grew up in Uganda while she was nearby in Kenya, and the two met during their college years at the University of Nairobi. Once married, they immigrated to America in 1969 and arrived with two suitcases, two Xerox boxes and $647 in their pocket. “It was everything we owned,” said Sarla.

The couple made their way to New York, where both landed jobs with Rochester Telephone. This also launched Tansukh’s successful career in telecommunications and digital networks. He is a detail-oriented person adept at seeing the big picture. It is this characteristic that allowed him to join a company, study the dynamics and then guide the company to tremendous growth.

Not fans of Rochester’s long hard winters, the Ganatras happily relocated in 1991 to Charlotte, where Tansukh was a co-founder and CEO of the US LEC, a telecommunications company.

Now they feel it is time to share their good fortune and passion with others. “We do little things for people,” said Tansukh. Their simple plan is destined to leave a great impact for many.

“The Ganatras are passionate about improving the lives of those in need in their community and supporting education and healthcare initiatives at Novant Health.”

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Cardiology patient honors physician who saved his life

During a black tie gala in 2014, David Goodman began to feel serious discomfort in his chest, abdomen, and back. Contemplating a trip to the emergency room, David and his wife, Barbara, decided to head home first to change clothes, and more specifically allow Barbara to change out of the high heels she had been wearing all night. It is this start to a journey – of a vivid ambulance trip, multiple days in surgery, and the raw emotions of a healing process – that makes talking to the Goodmans about Novant Health, and giving back, like opening a book you do not want to put down.

But it is their feelings about Dr. Robert Allen that truly create emotion and define the remarkable care provided at Novant Health. David and Barbara recognized Dr. Allen as a Guardian Angel in 2015 because, to David, that’s exactly what he represents.

“It became abundantly clear that my life had been re-gifted and we needed to acknowledge those who gave of themselves for my benefit,” David said.

Our goal at the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center is to raise awareness and funding to empower and connect donors, like David, to programs, initiatives and in this case, physicians, that save lives and improve the health of our communities, one person at a time.

If you would like to honor your champion at Novant Health, please consider supporting our current capital campaign where your dollars will support the construction of a new outpatient heart and vascular and cancer facility that will transform patient care delivery.

“Someone gave to Novant Health Foundation, to Dr. Allen, to the entire staff, to make it possible for me to be here today. Now it is my turn.”

– David Goodman, Cardiology Patient
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