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Drama As Elderly Covid-19 Patient Dies While Holding On To  US$2 000  

Drama As Elderly Covid-19 Patient Dies While Holding On To  US$2 000  
Drama As Elderly Covid-19 Patient Dies While Holding On To  US$2 000  
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Drama As Elderly Covid-19 Patient Dies While Holding On To  US$2 000  

There was drama at Rusape General Hospital’s Covid-19 isolation centre last week as relatives of an elderly woman who had succumbed to the virus begged authorities to search her body and retrieve the US$2 000 she allegedly had on her before placing her corpse in a body bag.

The Headlands woman (name withheld) is said to have been in her 60s, The Manica Post reports.

It is believed the money was part of her savings made from money received from her children and relatives who are based outside the country.

A body bag, also known as a human remains pouch or cadaver bag, is designed to stop the spread of Covid-19.
A well-placed source at the hospital said the family started arguing over the money once doctors had recommended the admission of the elderly woman who had tested positive to Covid-19 on Friday.

The woman, who was experiencing shortness of breath, is said to have flatly refused to hand over her money to any relative due to mistrust.

“Some relatives, including her children, requested to keep the money for her but she flatly refused. She insisted that she would keep it, even if it meant dying with it on her.

After the admission, the woman’s relatives left the isolation center hoping to visit her the following day.

Unfortunately, the woman died that night.

When the relatives were notified of her death, they reminded the hospital staff about the money and pleaded with the authorities who were on night duty to suspend placing her corpse in a body bag until they could recover the money.

The money was reportedly found and was handed over to the relatives the following day.

Efforts to get a comment from the deceased’s relatives were fruitless as they refused to entertain the media.

Makoni District Medical Officer, Dr. Tendai Nyafesa, could neither confirm nor deny the incident.

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