74-year-old Ecuadorean woman declared dead from COVID-19 wakes up from coma
- A 74-year-old woman was reported dead from COVID-19 in Ecuador and ashes were sent to her family
- In a turn of event, the woman woke up from coma and the hospital realised it had made a mistake
- Alba Maruri's family is happy that she's alive but wants reimbursement for the cost of cremation
Alba Maruri, a 74-year-old Ecuadorean woman who was declared dead from the coronavirus has been found alive, in a case of mistaken identity.
The septuagenarian's family was informed of her death in March and was sent ashes, BBC reports.
Legit.ng gathers that on Thursday, April 23, three weeks after she went into coma in the hospital, the woman woke up and asked doctors to call her sister.
The hospital realised it had made a mistake and informed the family and apologised for the mix-up.
When the death of the woman was announced, her family was shown a corpse in the hospital morgue, but had to be kept at a distance because of the fear of contracting the deadly disease.
Maruri's family members are happy to learn that she is alive but wants reimbursement for the cost of cremation.
In other news, Senegal has adopted a novel approach to the fight against coronavirus by testing every citizen of the country either they show symptoms of the deadly disease or not.
The country has also developed one of the world's most affordable coronavirus testing kits, which costs $1 (N360.50) each, $60 (N2,163) 3D printed ventilators.
Senegal has one of the highest coronavirus recovery rates in the world. It has the largest recovery in Africa and the third in the world.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Gladys Rodríguez Duarte was shocked to find herself in a body bag after being declared dead by a doctor.
The 46-year-old Paraguayan woman had gone to San Fernando Clinic, in the city of Coronel Oviedo, because her already high blood pressure was increasing.
Doctor Heriberto Vera examined Gladys and thereafter declared to her husband and daughter that she had died.
Rodríguez's husband Maximino said: "He (Dr Vera) assumed she was dead and handed her naked to me like an animal with her death certificate. He didn’t even revive her.
"We trusted him, that’s why we went there. But they disconnected her and passed her off to the funeral home."
It was at the funeral home that Gladys was found to be alive after staff saw her moving inside a body bag when she was unloaded.
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