Ranchi ward boy performs last rites of 2-yr-old Covid victim deserted by parents

A ward boy of Jharkhand’s premier hospital Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) performed the last rites of a two-year-old covid infected kid after his parents allegedly abandoned him within the hospital, officials said on Sunday.

“I was told that folks have deserted this two-year-old kid after he was detected positive for Covid-19 disease. there's nobody to perform his last rite. once I was told to try to to the duty, I readily accepted it,” ward boy Rohit Bedia said.

Following the Covid-19 guidelines, Bedia carried the body from RIMS to Ghaghra Muktidham in Ranchi and performed the rituals, which are commonly done by relations.

Hospital authorities said the oldsters of the toddler said they were residents of Jamui in Bihar and had brought their two-year-old son to RIMS for medication late at the hours of darkness on May 10. the child was admitted to the pediatric ward of the hospital with a complaint of breathlessness.

Dr. Hirendra Birua, head of the pediatrics surgery department of the hospital said the oldsters told the doctors that the boy had suddenly developed breathlessness and both of them were planning to the kid when he was admitted at 12.15 am on May 11.

“We thought something may need to be got stuck within the child’s windpipe. When his X-Ray was done, we found the child was laid low with Pneumonia. By the afternoon, he was confirmed positive for the coronavirus. His parents suddenly went traceless after the Covid positive report came,” said Dr. Birua.

He added that the child died at 3 pm on May 11. “Hospital authorities tried to contact his parents on the numbers provided by them, but they might not be contacted despite repeated efforts,” he said.

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