Story by Sara Paul
Eve Kamara, an employee at Larry’s Deli, located at 44 Galloway Rd. in Warwick, and her husband, Larry, will celebrate 36 years of marriage on Tues., Jul. 31. While Eve gave her husband her heart decades ago, for this anniversary, Larry now holds another part of his devoted wife dear. This past winter, Eve donated one of her kidneys to her spouse.
Larry was diagnosed with diabetes and has depended on insulin and sometimes dialysis. His health has been a concern for many years. Improving his diet and taking medication proved to be only a temporary fix and finally his doctor informed him that he should put his name on a kidney transplant list. A new, healthy kidney would eliminate further dialysis.
Larry’s son, Karan, immediately stepped up, but Eve, a protective mother as well as a brave wife, quickly interjected. A blood test determined that Eve was a match for her husband and within months the couple was admitted to Westchester Medical Center for the procedure.
After a successful February surgery and a four month recovery, which included pain medication, dizziness, and monitoring sometimes high blood pressure, Eve returned to work on Mon., Jun. 4.
This reporter got word of this kind lady’s good deed by way of sad customers who missed Eve’s caring face behind the counter at Larry’s Deli, a face they have seen since she started working there in 1999.
“She’s a great person and you cannot replace her. We are just glad that she is back and that everything went okay,” said Artie Wendel, a deli customer who frequents the local store sometimes more than once a day. Deli owner, Ronak Patel, was also extremely supportive in Eve’s recovery.
“I love my customers and I love to work here. I feel like we are a family because we talk about our lives and share so many things,” said Eve, who was truly touched and grateful for the cards and calls she received from customers while she was recovering. “People would come to the store just to hug me. They weren’t even buying anything,” said Eve, adding that kids and parents who are regulars at Larry’s sometimes refer to the store as Eve’s Deli.
Born in India, Urvashi (nicknamed Eve by a co-worker who could not pronounce her name when she moved to America), met her husband Lalit, nicknamed Larry, when she was a teenager. Though both young lovers were Indian and both Hindu, their union was forbidden, as they spoke two different languages in a country that has 54 different languages. As soon as the two were old enough, and after dating for four years, the couple eloped in 1982. Eventually their families happily accepted the marriage.
Moving to the US in the early 1990s, Eve and Larry are as in love now as they were four decades ago. “It was love at first sight and it’s the same today as it was back then. Sure, we fight a little, then we are together again, and yes, truly in love,” smiled Eve, who casually commented that there was no question that she would donate an organ to the man she vowed to love in sickness and in health.
“I didn’t think about it and there was no fear. We promised God, whatever happens, we are together in this together,” she said, noting that at 55 she is very healthy and also had the reassurance of her primary care physician in Warwick, Dr. Mayank Shah. “It’s a common procedure and one that I knew would help my husband,” Eve calmly stated.
Her more than grateful spouse simply feels that, “I want my better half to know that I will love her forever.”
Larry is happy to be back at work in the finance department at the Port Jervis Auto Mall, returning about six weeks after surgery. “It makes me so happy because he is doing so well, even cooking me breakfast and lunch,” exclaimed a gorgeous Eve, who looks forward to relaxing evenings with her husband, either sitting outside or watching movies.
The family cherishes their Monroe, NY home, which is quiet and safe, though they still look forward to traditional, frequent trips to India to visit family and friends.
Fortunately this year, in light of the major surgeries, and also Karan’s wedding, no less than 42 family members traveled from India to the US. Raj Sareen and many daughters-in-law flew in and, of course, Eve’s daughter, Khushboo and granddaughter, Sanaya visited from California.
With family in her heart and bravery in her soul, Eve firmly urges, “You have to face tragedy when it comes. Don’t back up. That’s why people get married, for there comes the time when you really need each other.”