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S3 Episode 3: Anil Gharmalkar, Jalon Evans-Gharmalkar And Tamarah Chancellor

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Celia Llopis-Jepsen
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Kansas News Service
Anil Gharmalkar came down with COVID-19 in April, and ended up in the ICU. "They gave me an hour while they were getting things ready for me to make any calls or do anything I wanted to do," he says, "so I thought those were going to be possibly some of the last calls I made."

A first-hand account of what it's like to be hospitalized with COVID-19, and how a family handled the situation.

The term "essential worker" covers a wide range of jobs that proved especially vital when Kansans were hiding out at home from the coronavirus.

Anil Gharmalkar of Oswego has one of those jobs: He’s a truck driver, and traveled across several states with trailer-loads of food so there would be meat on grocery story shelves.

It was on the road where COVID-19 caught up with Gharmalkar. He, his wife and his mother spoke with the Kansas News Service about how the virus wears down your body and your mind.

I'm inspired to write about how we can all live healthier, happier lives. That means stories about preventive care and societal changes that can beat back disease and chronic conditions so we make fewer trips to the doctor in the first place. And when people do have to go to the doctor, I want to give them tools to find and afford the right care. I’m also interested in what it’s like for employers trying to build high-quality health plans that don't break the bank. Email me at celia@kcur.org.
Jim McLean is a political correspondent for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration based at KCUR with other public media stations across Kansas. You can email him at jim@kcur.org.