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After COVID-19 test, 2 dead bodies get exchanged at GMC; family stops last rites after identifying body


Sharvari Vaidya | May 30, 2020 10:50

After COVID-19 test, 2 dead bodies get exchanged at GMC; family stops last rites after identifying body

In a strange incident at GMC, a family in Nagpur was about to cremate the wrong body thinking the deceased was their family member.
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In a strange incident, a family in Nagpur was about to cremate the wrong body thinking the deceased was their family member. The incidence took place in the mortuary of Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) when two elderly women’s bodies were exchanged accidentally on Thursday. The two deceased were – Lalita Pantawane (60) from Parvati Nagar and Savitri Kamble (80) from an old-age home in Tajbagh – both areas that come under containment zones.

Both the deceased’s swab samples were tested for COVID-19 and had turned negative. While some say the mishap occurred due to carelessness of hospital workers, others blamed it on the employee of the old-age home saying he identified the wrong body. Some were of the opinion that the confusion happened because of the extreme safety caution exercised by the hospital staff due to COVID-19.

The confusion came to light at the mortuary in GMC after shocked members of the Pantawane family protested after pointing out that the body (that was of Kamble) wasn’t of their family member. By that time, the other body (of Pantawane) was already taken to Mokshadham Ghat for last rites. Soon the last rites were stopped and both the families performed the last rites of their respective family members at the same place.

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