Covid-19 fear claims life of a 22-year-old woman in Telangana

South India

A 22-year-old woman, who had given birth to a healthy baby boy nine days ago, died after ten hospitals in Hyderabad denied her post-operative care suspecting her to be positive for coronavirus.

Rafiya Begum, who developed severe lung infection on April 6, was discharged from the private hospital where she was admitted on April 8. As her condition worsened, her husband Mohammed Sohail, a bike mechanic, took her to another hospital but the hospital authorities turned them away.  

According to a report in Times of India, the woman and her husband visited at least 10 hospitals, including the nodal Covid-19 facility Gandhi Hospital, but none admitted her. At the end of the day, she passed away.

While Rafiya tested negative for Covid-19 on Friday after swab samples were taken from her lifeless body, her nine-day-old child, husband and relatives were sent to a government quarantine centre at Rajendranagar.

None in the family had any travel history to suspect virus infection. Sohail said that he had also not come in contact with any coronavirus positive patient. But sources in the state health department say the doctors assumed Rafiya had contracted the virus after she came to them with cough and breathlessness.

Her tragic tale began after she was admitted to a private hospital at Rampally crossroads in Nagaram where she delivered a baby boy. After four days, she developed post-operative complications.

As she had cough and breathlessness, the doctors asked her family to take her to Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad, 20-plus kilometres away, suspecting novel coronavirus infection. Before going to Gandhi Hospital, a CT scan was done at a private hospital, which indicated damage to her lungs, causing heart-related problems.

Sohail told TOI, “All the hospitals denied treatment suspecting that Rafiya was Covid-positive and all of them referred us to Gandhi Hospital. But Gandhi authorities also turned them away saying that they would take only positive cases,” Sohail said.

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