Thane hospital mixes up bodies of 2 Covid victims, forces family to admit mistake as they cremate both

A Thane civic hospital mixed-up the bodies of two coronavirus victims and handed over one of the bodies to another family. As they realised the mistake, they forced the family to admit to the mistake in a declaration.

A Thane civic hospital mixed up the bodies of two coronavirus victims. (PTI)

A municipal corporation hospital in Thane mixed up the bodies of two coronavirus victims, forcing one of the families to go through the cremation process twice in a week. Later, as they realised the goof-up, the municipality made the family sign a declaration stating the mistake was made by both the hospital and the family.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Santosh Sonawane cremated his father on Wednesday. Four days ago he had cremated the body of one Balchandra Gaikwad, whose family continued to wait for the body. The hospital told them the body had gone missing.

The Thane hospital realised the mistake days after the body of the 72-year-old Gaikwad was already cremated by Sonawane.

Days after he went through the cremation process for the first time, Sonawane received a call from the hospital saying his father was still alive. However, his joy was short-lived. He received another call soon after, saying his father had succumbed to coronavirus.

This time Sonawane asked the hospital if they were sure it’s his father. The hospital confirmed that they have checked the body and confirmed the identity.

Meanwhile, the Gaikwad family was told the body of Balchandra Gaikwad had gone missing from the hospital. They lodged a complaint at the local police station. As the mix-up came to light, the Gaikwad family is mulling legal action, reported Indian Express.

On the other hand, according to another report in Mumbai Mirror, the Thane municipality had managed to get Sonawane to sign a declaration saying the mistake was made from both sides as both the hospital and Sonawane himself failed to identify the body.

Sonawane has said he doesn’t know how to read or write English and he did not understand the text of the document he was made to sign.

He said the body was completely covered as his father had died of coronavirus. On being blamed by the hospital administration, he asked how was he supposed to identify the body when it was completely wrapped.

Thane Mayor Naresh Mhaske on Wednesday shot a letter to Municipal Commissioner Dr Vipin Sharma, seeking an inquiry into the mix-up and demanded strong action against the staff involved in it. has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, and access our dedicated coronavirus page.
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