KSU grad fighting for his life weeks after crash on I-75

Ans Rana, 23, remains in critical condition following a crash last month on I-75. The recent KSU graduate always dreamed of becoming a surgeon. Now, doctors aren't sure he'll walk again.
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Ans Rana, 23, remains in critical condition following a crash last month on I-75. The recent KSU graduate always dreamed of becoming a surgeon. Now, doctors aren't sure he'll walk again.

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Family launches fundraiser to help cover hospital bills, treatment

Ans Rana always dreamed of becoming a surgeon.

The 23-year-old recently graduated from Kennesaw State University and planned to take his MCAT later this month so he could apply to medical school. But he remains hospitalized in critical condition following a four-vehicle crash on I-75 in Marietta, his sister said Friday.

The Acworth man has undergone multiple operations over the past three weeks at Wellstar Kennestone Hosptial, including neck surgery and facial reconstruction, Amna Khan said. Rana is still on a ventilator with a traumatic brain injury and doctors aren’t sure if he’ll ever walk again.

“They tried to extubate him from the ventilator but he almost coded,” she said. “They’re calling him quadriplegic. His legs are not moving and the doctors are saying that he’ll need intensive physical therapy.”

Rana was on his way to visit his sister’s new home with his brother and father March 15 when the Tesla they were in approached a broken-down car on the interstate, Marietta police said. As the car slowed, it was struck from behind by a van, setting off a chain-reaction crash.

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Rana, who was riding in the back seat, suffered the most serious injuries, his family said. His older brother Ali works at a hospital in Macon but was home that weekend to support their father during a biopsy that was scheduled the following morning.

Facing mounting medical bills and long-term rehabilitation that will likely cost thousands a day, Rana’s family has launched a GoFundMe account to help cover his expenses. As of Friday afternoon, the page had raised nearly $60,000.

Doctors say Rana will need to undergo rehabilitation for his spinal injury at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, but he doesn’t have medical insurance, according to his sister.

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The 23-year-old was injured in a chain-reaction crash on I-75 in Marietta.

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The 23-year-old was injured in a chain-reaction crash on I-75 in Marietta.
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The 23-year-old was injured in a chain-reaction crash on I-75 in Marietta.

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“We’ve applied for Medicaid and disability, but they’re saying he might not even qualify for that,” said Khan, who works as a mental health therapist.

The youngest of six children, Rana was already dealing with the death of his mother last year. The family has been going through a tough time, Khan said.

“It was a big struggle for him, but he managed to graduate college and just wanted to go to medical school,” she said. “He was really confident and doing really well on his practice tests. He was scheduled to take the (MCAT) this month.”

Rana’s father and brother are recovering after the wreck, but now they’re struggling to get him the best treatment possible.

“We’re having trouble sleeping and the anxiety is really high,” Khan said. “But we’re going to do everything we can for our brother, even if it means taking a second job to help pay for his bills. I don’t want him to come out of the hospital and have to worry for the rest of his life.”