The final 24 hours have been past traumatic for one Dr Pradeep Kumar in Chennai. Not solely has he misplaced a detailed pal to Covid-19 but additionally been pressured to bury his pal himself when the locals didn’t permit for burial.
Dr Pradeep Kumar needed to bury his pal and neurosurgeon Dr Simon Hercules in the midst of the evening utilizing his naked palms and a shovel at a crematorium with the assistance of simply two hospital ward boys after the undertakers fled when a mob, protesting the internment, attacked them.
Their opposition was because of a false impression that the contagion might unfold of their neighbourhood if the virus sufferer’s burial occurred.
A heartbroken Dr Kumar spoke to India At present TV in regards to the struggling he has confronted over the previous day.
“I’ve been crying for the entire day. I do not know the way many individuals have skilled burying somebody. I’ve seen demise in my palms however I’ve by no means buried anybody, not to mention somebody who was near me,” he stated.
“It was very troublesome, he [Dr Hercules] was such a gentleman and a kind-hearted physician. Nobody may have ever hated him,” he added.
MISINFORMATION TO BLAME
Regardless of the whole lot, Dr Kumar doesn’t blame the locals. He holds pretend information as the most important perpetrator for such assaults.
“I do not blame individuals for this. There may be loads of mistaken data on the market — all people desires to present their opinion on social media. There is no such thing as a consciousness among the many public. They’re lighting candles, banging utensils however they do not know why they’re even doing this,” he informed India At present TV.
“My very own mom thought lighting 9 candles at 9 pm will kill coronavirus. A health care provider’s mom! If I can not clarify issues to her take into consideration the world. Individuals do not even know coronavirus won’t unfold due to a burial. The group needed us to get misplaced with the physique, they attacked us, they hit us, they made us bleed, they made us run away,” a helpless and teary-eyed Dr Kumar added.
FAMILY DENIED CLOSURE
Dr Pradeep shared what occurred on Sunday evening.
“First we had been purported to go to a cemetery. There we got here to know loads of points has occurred so officers modified the venue. There the bulldozer was digging a pit (in line with WHO pointers, our bodies of Covid-19 sufferers must be buried 12 ft into the bottom) and practically 15 minutes in an enormous mob attacked us. There have been 50 to 60 individuals pelting stones, hitting us with large picket sticks. They threw no matter they might discover,” he recounted.
“The ambulance was trashed, the windshield was fully damaged and the drivers had been bleeding. In reality, we needed to first rush them to the hospital. I had no possibility so I known as the police they bought the state of affairs below management,” he added.
Maybe probably the most heartwrenching factor in regards to the story is that Dr Hercules’s household was not even in a position to give him a correct send-off.
“Dr Hercules’s household was there once we had been attacked. His spouse and son got here however they needed to escape after the mob got here. His daughter can also be Covid-19 constructive, she could not even see her father’s face for the final time,” Dr Kumar stated.
So, in spite of everything of this, does Dr Kumar have any request to make?
His eyes brimming with tears and his palms folded, he stated, “We beg of you we [doctors] are additionally so frightened of coronavirus such as you. If we cease treating you due to our worry, there will likely be extra casualties and extra lifeless our bodies. Then your individual kith and kin won’t come to bury your physique. We’re persevering with to assist individuals so kindly help healthcare employees,” he appealed.
“Simon deserved a correct send-off. He helped so many individuals. He didn’t deserve this,” had been Dr Kumar’s closing phrases earlier than he broke into extra tears.