A Heartfelt Donation
Accustomed to an active schedule, Rajesh Shah, a Fairfax businessman, philanthropist and father of three, could no longer get through the day without feeling tired and short of breath. Having lived with advanced heart failure for seven years, Shah faced a worsening progression of a disease that threatened to take his life. So three years ago, when the opportunity for a heart transplant at Inova Fairfax Hospital became available, Shah embarked on a healing journey to restore his health and well-being.
“It is a miracle,” says Shah, now 66 and living an active life. “I would not be on this earth without Inova.”
To give back to those who saved his life, Shah, who runs two nonprofit organizations and a business that provides tech-based healthcare solutions, has donated more than $1 million to Inova Fairfax Hospital and has contributed many hours of his time as a business adviser and patient coach.
“His gift provides the opportunity to increase patient educational services and resources to enhance staff education, and supports research to help improve the outcomes of advanced heart failure and transplant patients,” says Shashank Desai, MD, who has been treating Shah for many years. Dr. Desai is Medical Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Programs at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Comments Knox Singleton, CEO and President of Inova: “In both his work and personal life, Raj Shah is committed to finding health solutions for chronic disease and promoting global health equity. As such, he has been a longtime, loyal supporter of Inova, and we are grateful for his unwavering support.”
After his heart transplant, Shah experienced a quick recovery. “Everything is improved — my ability to think, participate, collaborate and exercise,” he says.
Now, when Shah, a proud grandfather of two, is not busy at work, he spends time with family. He also often volunteers at Inova, encouraging other transplant recipients. He acknowledges that his “heart” will always be with Inova.