New Delhi: In Delhi’s Maulana Azad Medical College mortuary, two families consoled each other Sunday when they realised the bodies they had come to claim had got mixed up. Worse still, one of them had already been buried.
Both the deceased were named Moinuddin, and were Covid-19 positive at the time of death.
Kalamuddin Rahim, whose father Moinuddin was 65 years old, was admitted to the LNJP Hospital on 2 June after he complained of breathlessness. The hospital authorities informed Kalamuddin that his father had died and asked him to identify the body Saturday, 6 June.
“The face was swollen and had blood stains on it. When I asked the doctors, they said it was because he had undergone dialysis. We accepted the body hurriedly because he was a Covid-19 patient,” he told ThePrint.
He realised much later that he had laid the wrong Moinuddin to rest. The body he claimed and buried belonged to a different family altogether.
The other Moinuddin’s family, meanwhile, gathered at the Maulana Azad mortuary at 9 am Sunday morning, after being informed by the hospital the previous evening to collect his body. His brother Eijaazuddin had made preparations for his funeral, when he showed up at the Maulana Azad mortuary, he found that the body was not of his brother’s.
Kalamuddin, meanwhile, was called back to the hospital. He broke down on realising that he had buried the wrong man.
ThePrint’s Praveen Jain captured the pain and struggles that the two families went through because of the mix-up.