Video of COVID-19 victim alleging denial of oxygen support sparks outrage in Telangana

South India

A selfie video of a 34-year-old man, who succumbed to COVID-19 at a government hospital in Hyderabad, alleging that he was not ventilator even after complaining breathlessness has sparked outrage in the social media in Telangana.

The incident that took place on Friday and the video had surfaced on social media by Sunday, according to a report by news agency ANI.

The report said that the man was heard saying In the selfie video that he is struggling to breathe as his ventilator had been removed. In the video addressed to his father, the man says he has been in this condition for the past three hours. Shortly after the video was sent, the man passed away.

Venkatesh, father of patient Ravi Kumar told ANI over the phone on Sunday: "My son aged 34 years had high fever and we took him to several hospitals in our neighbourhood on June 23 but none admitted him. Then we went to NIMS where a doctor referred us to the Chest hospital in Erragadda."

"On June 24 we admitted him to the Chest hospital but even at Erragadda hospital nobody treated my son, they did not even provide oxygen to him. Even after he requested them they didn't give him oxygen and said they did not know what to do. On June 26 early hours Ravi sent three videos to me and later I received a call from hospital that he had passed away."

Venkatesh said they received the COVID report stating that Ravi was positive. Ravi Kumar is survived by his wife and two children.

The father also alleged that the police personnel had not allowed the family inside the hospital when they had gone to get themselves tested.

Image Credit: ANI

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