Shocking video captured the moment an Indian woman unexpectedly showed up to a memorial for her late son — after she was declared dead of COVID-19.
The woman, Mutyala Girijamma, was hospitalized at the Government General Hospital in Vijayawada after testing positive for COVID-19 on May 12, Jam Press reported.
Her devoted husband, Gaddayya, visited her every day but couldn’t find her when he arrived on May 15.
When he asked where she was, officials broke the news that she had apparently succumbed to her illness.
Gaddayya was handed a body bag and warned not to open it without wearing personal protective equipment – so he took the wrapped remains back to his village for burial.
But he was too upset to hold a memorial and was dealt another blow when his son died from the deadly bug.
The devastated man buried his son and organized a joint memorial service for his wife and child.
But Mutyala gave her family the surprise of their lives when she showed up and sat in a chair for the event – upset that her hubby hadn’t come to pick her up from the hospital.
She had to borrow money to get a taxi for her ride home.
Gaddayya and his family were horrified to find out that the hospital had released a stranger’s body, which they had buried in the belief it was Mutyala.
The hospital has not commented on the mix-up.