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Indian woman presumed dead from COVID-19 returns home

LUCKNOW: In a bizarre case, a 75-year old Indian woman presumed dead by her family due to COVID-19 returned home, 15 days after her last rites were performed.

The hospital authorities had handed over a wrapped body which her family took for cremation and hurriedly conducted the last rites fearing COVID-19 infection.

Mutyala Girijamma, a resident of Jaggaiahpet town of Krishna district, was infected with coronavirus and was subsequently declared dead and cremated on May 15. She returned after more than two weeks of her family completing her last rites and shocked her family members.

She was admitted to a government hospital on May 12 and her husband Gaddaiah met her at the hospital the next day. But on May 15 he was informed by hospital authorities that his wife had succumbed to the disease.

According to her family members, the hospital authorities told the husband to search for his wife’s body in the mortuary. Her son Ramesh died of coronavirus on May 23. He found a body similar to her and was given a death certificate. The family brought the body home and performed her last rites. 

Speaking to local media, the woman said she was disappointed that nobody came to pick her up after she recovered from the infection. She had to travel to her town by herself much to the shock of her relatives and neighbours. Meanwhile, her husband expressed anger at the hospital staff and said that action should be taken against the hospital.