Grandma who ‘died of Covid’ returns home ALIVE two weeks after her bewildered family held her funeral after hospital confusion
- Muktyala Girijamma, 70, was hospitalized with coronavirus on May 12
- Family of Girijamma, from Christianpet, India, were wrongly told she died
- The mix-up occurred when a woman of the same name was also in the hospital
- Strict Covid-19 rules reportedly meant family only saw the body from a distance
- Girijamma left the family shocked after returning home two weeks after the funeral
A grieving family of an Indian woman declared dead from Covid-19 was stunned when she returned home two weeks after her funeral and cremation.
The family of Muktyala Girijamma, 70, was wrongly told on May 15 that she had died after battling the coronavirus.
The hospital confusion, in the town of Jaggaiyapet in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, occurred when a stranger’s body was mistaken for Girijamma and was cremated in her stead.
The grandmother, from Christianpet, was hospitalized on May 12 after becoming infected with the contagious virus, according to local sources.
The family of Muktyala Girijamma (pictured), 70, was wrongly told on May 15 that she had died after a battle with the coronavirus, but she came home two weeks after her funeral
When her husband Gadayya went to the hospital to inquire about her condition, he found Girijamma missing from her bed and hospital staff told him she had been moved to another ward.
Gadayya failed to locate Girijamma even after thoroughly examining all the hospital’s wards.
According to Girijamma’s cousin Nagu, hospital authorities finally told the devastated family that they would find her body in the morgue.
It appears that the grieving party did not examine the corpse closely due to social distancing policies, but regarded it as their relative on trust.
The confusion at the hospital, in the town of Jaggaiyapet in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, occurred when a woman of the same name was mistaken for Girijamma (pictured)
Strict regulations meant that the devastated family could only see the body from a distance, while it remained tightly wrapped in plastic until cremation. The daily star reported.
“My uncle has found a body that resembles his wife’s. A death certificate has also been issued by the hospital authorities,” Nagu insisted.
Another woman, also named Girijamma, from the Christianpet area of the district, became infected with Covid around the same time and her death led to the unfortunate confusion, according to local sources.
But Girijamma’s family, not realizing she was still alive, took the body to Jaggaiyapet and performed the last rites on the same day. Girijamma’s son Ramesh also died of the virus on May 23.
A prayer meeting was arranged for both of them, but Girijamma had recovered in the hospital and wondered why no one had come to pick her up.
She explained: “I was not aware of family and villagers mourning my death. I was furious that my family didn’t show up to see me.’
Girijamma left her family stunned after she managed to return home with INR 3,000 (£29), the money given by the state government to every Covid survivor two weeks after her funeral service.
But Girijamma left her grieving family stunned after she managed to return home (pictured) with INR 3,000 (£29) two weeks after her funeral service
Her husband Gadayya was left in disbelief and thought it a miracle that his wife was still alive.
The elderly couple now longs for their son Ramesh, who died tragically in the absence of his mother, leaving her devastated.
“I see it as a miracle after my son leaves the heavenly abode,” said Girijamma.
“I wish my son was here to see me return alone. I don’t know if I can withstand this tragedy or not, but all I know, we lost our loved one so quickly.”
More than 28 million coronavirus cases have been confirmed in India, while the death toll has risen to more than 340,000, according to official figures.