Pregnant woman, undergoing COVID-19 treatment, loses unborn twins

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Manjeri: A pregnant woman lost the twin babies she was carrying, while she was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at the Medical College Hospital. The woman is a native of Parappanangadi in Malappuram. Her husband is also under observation.

The seven-month pregnant woman had complained of uneasiness the other day. Though the doctors tried to save the fetuses, their efforts went in vain.

The bodies of the foetuses were moved to the mortuary as the relatives were reluctant to claim them.

Authorities then found themselves in a spot as the district does not have facilities to cremate bodies with possible COVID-19 infection.

The hospital informed the municipal authorities, but they too could not help.

Then the hospital superintendent sought the help of the Kozhikode Collector to get permission to cremate the bodies at the crematorium of the Kozhikode Corporation.

After the permission was granted, the dead bodies were taken to the electric crematorium in an ambulance and cremated as per the COVID-19 protocol.

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