Shibdas’ family was handed over the body of another patient
An Indian family were handed the wrong body for cremation by a hospital in West Bengal. This comes after they mistakenly declared their relative, a Covid-19 patient, dead.
Shibdas Banerjee, aged 75 was admitted to Balrampur Basu Hospital on November 4, 2020, for treatment after he tested positive for Covid.
On November 13, the hospital told his relatives that he passed away as a result of the infection. They then handed a body over to the family, which was later cremated.
However, a week later, the hospital called up his family and told them that he is actually alive and has recovered from Coronavirus.
The hospital also admitted that they handed over the body of another patient.
Following this, the family members went to the hospital and brought Shibdas back home.
Officials said Shibdas’ family was handed over the body of another patient named Mohinimohan Mukherjee, aged 75 due to a mistake in identity.
Mohinimohan was also admitted to the hospital on November 4 for Covid treatment but was later transferred to a facility in Barasat.
However, the hospital made a mistake by sending medical reports of Shibdas to the Barasat Covid facility.
Due to the mix-up, after Mohinimohan’s death, the hospital authorities handed over the body to the Indian family after wrapping it in protective covering as per Covid-19 protocols.
As a result, the family did not realise it was another person’s body and they cremated it.
The next week, Balrampur Basu Hospital officials called up Mohinimohan’s family and informed them that he has recovered from the infection.
When Mohinimohan’s family members reached the hospital, they found a different person and raised an alarm.
Consequently, the mix-up by the hospital came to light and Shibdas’ family was informed that he was actually alive.
Following this, he was taken back home by his family.
A similar incident occurred earlier in 2020 in Madhya Pradesh.
The staffers at the mortuary of a government-run hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior allegedly mixed up bodies of two deceased patients.
The family that took the wrong body, which was wrapped in a polythene bag, even cremated it thinking that it was of their relative.
The incident came to light when the other family reached the hospital to receive the body.
According to police, both the patients had died due to different diseases and tested negative for Covid.
Superintendent of Police (ASP) Satendra Singh Tomar said that one Irtaza Mohammed (64), was at the hospital on August 11 for the treatment of his hands.
The inspector stated: “He died on August 13 while undergoing treatment. However, the hospital did not hand over the body to the family members as they said that the deceased’s Covid test report is awaited.”
The hospital staffers told the Indian family that the body would be handed over only after the Covid test report.
The inspector continued: “However, when the family members reached the hospital’s mortuary on August 15, they found that Irtaza Mohammed’s body was handed over to another family.”
Later, the family members reached Kampoo police station and told the officials about it.
Meanwhile, Suresh Batham (70), a resident of Bahodapur area of the city, also died in the same hospital on August 13.
The inspector in charge of the case added: “The hospital’s mortuary staffers mixed up the bodies and handed over Irtaza Mohammed’s body to Batham’s family.”
Kampo Police Station in-charge K N Tripathi said that Suresh’s family performed the last rites of the body, wrapped in a polythene bag, without seeing the face.
After the incident came to light, Suresh’s body was handed over to his family for the last rites as well.