Kolkata: A 75-year-old coronavirus affected patient was taken home in the North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal by family members a week after receiving ‘his body’ from a COVID hospital and the ‘cremated.
Shibdas Bandyopadhyay, a resident of Birati, returned home a day before family members performed his shradh.
He was admitted to Barasat hospital on November 11 after testing positive for the virus. Soon after two days the family members were notified of his death, an official said on Saturday of the health department.
The body was kept in a plastic bag, following COVID protocols, and shown to family members from a distance, and they said they couldn’t clearly see the face.
“We cremated the body and we were ready to perform the shradh today. However, we got a call yesterday. Someone told us that my father had recovered and that we should arrange an ambulance to bring him back. home from the hospital, ” Bandyopadhyay’s son said.
“We are shocked and surprised. However, we brought him home. We don’t know who we cremated,” he added.
Asked about the cremated body thinking it was Bandyopadhyay’s, the health department official said another elderly COVID patient, Mohinimohan Mukhopadhyay from Khardah also died on November 13 and “that’s him whose last rites have been performed “.
The incident came to light on Friday after Mr Mukhopadhyay’s family members were told he had been cured of COVID-19 and arrived at the hospital to take him home.