Jeddah: An Indian woman died after a prolonged battle with Covid-19 in Dammam in Saudi Arabia.
35-year-old Aswathy Mohan, hailing from Kozhikode in Kerala and working as quality engineer in Eastern province, was diagnosed with Covid-19 on April 13. She developed pulmonary edema infection that damaged her lungs and as a result, she suffered acute respiratory issues and remained on ventilator for 61 days. She died of cardiac arrest recently.
Aswathy battled for long on the ventilator as she was fully supported by mechanical breath with high parameters of the ventilator, according to sources. A leading private hospital in Dammam had tried its best to treat her but she did not respond to treatment, which the family also confirmed. Obesity was one of the prime reasons that complicated the respiratory system of her body, according to sources.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO) reports, obesity increases the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 irrespective of age.
Aswathy’s parents managed to secure a visa and travel to Saudi Arabia to see their critically ill daughter. Aswathy tested negative only on June 15 and the following day she died.
The repatriation of human mortal remains of covid-19 patients from abroad to India is discouraged and there was no any such instance. In this backdrop, the sending dead body of Aswathy becomes a challenging issue.
However, noted Indian social worker Nass Shoukat Vokkam, followed the documentation process in India as well as in Saudi Arabia and repatriated the dead body recently.
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