MUMBAI: Three days after allegedly being denied admission at Kasturba Hospital despite showing Covid-19 symptoms, a 70-year-old man passed away at KEM Hospital on Saturday. All the nine family members have been moved to a quarantine facility. The Vakola resident had no travel history. A relative, while speaking to TOI, said the deceased did not have cold or cough, but complained of bodyache and weakness on March 24. They took him to a civic-run hospital at Santacruz. “He showed signs of improvement following medication, but his condition deteriorated after a few days. He was then admitted. The hospital authorities asked us to move him to Kasturba after taking an X-ray. We were told it could be Covid-19,” said the relative.
The family took him to Kasturba Hospital on April 2. “Since he did not have any history, we were asked to shift him to KEM,” said one of his sons. At KEM Hospital, the family claimed he was kept on a wheelchair for almost a day. The hospital took his swab sample for testing, but he passed away on Saturday. An official from KEM confirmed the deceased had tested positive. Officials from Kasturba Hospital remained unavailable for comment.
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