New Delhi: Up to 15 members of a family, who went to visit a relative found to be positive for COVID-19, ended up getting infected from the hospitalised patient. The incident that happened in Vanasthalipuram area of Hyderabad in Telangana also led to the death of a 42 year-old family member.
While the entire family was quarantined in different wards of Gandhi Hospital, the 42-year-old family member was shifted to an intensive care unit as he had developed co-morbid symptoms after contracting coronavirus. He was the elder brother of the man, who was first to get infected in the family.
The 42 year-old’s health condition was stated to be serious when he was admitted to the hospital and it further worsened. Despite the best efforts of doctors, he passed away at 6 pm on May 1. The younger brother, who is a trader at Malakpet market, survived after ending up getting infected.
His wife Alampally Madhavi and other members of the family had developed mild symptoms and were discharged on May 16 after recovering from coronavirus. When Madhavi enquired about her husband, Gandhi Hospital authorities initially told her that he was put on a ventilator and later said that he had expired.
Angry with the lack of clarity from the hospital authorities, Madhavi tweeted
minister KT Rama Rao seeking his intervention on the health condition of her husband.
“For the last one week, I have been inquiring about my husband with hospital officials and police. There is no clarity about what happened to him. If they had cremated him, why didn’t they take permission from us? Give us video and photo evidence of the same. I was not even shown his body. We all were in the hospital. We do not know whom police and Gandhi Hospital authorities have contacted,” she tweeted on the micro-blogging site.