India: Man who ‘died’ of Covid in Gujarat hospital returns home after two years

His last rites were performed after his ‘body’ was handed over to the family

By PTI

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A health worker during a mock drill to check Covid-19 preparedness amid rising cases of coronavirus, at Balrampur Hospital in Lucknow. Picture is used for illustrative purpose only. — PTI file
A health worker during a mock drill to check Covid-19 preparedness amid rising cases of coronavirus, at Balrampur Hospital in Lucknow. Picture is used for illustrative purpose only. — PTI file

Published: Sun 16 Apr 2023, 2:15 PM

A man whose last rites were performed by his family members after he was declared “dead” due to Covid-19 at a hospital has returned home after two years in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district.

The family members of Kamlesh Patidar, 35, were taken by surprise on Saturday when he knocked the door of his maternal aunt’s house in Karodkala village at around 6am, almost two years after they performed his last rites, a family member said.


Kamlesh Patidar had fallen ill during the second Covid-19 wave. He was admitted to a hospital and later doctors declared him dead. After the hospital handed over the “body” to them, the family members performed his last rites, his cousin Mukesh Patidar told reporters on Saturday.

“Now, he has returned home but he has not revealed anything about where he stayed during this period,” the cousin said.


Kanwan police station in-charge Ram Singh Rathore said according to the family members, Kamlesh Patidar suffered from the coronavirus infection in 2021 and was admitted to a hospital in Vadodara, Gujarat.

The doctors declared him dead due to Covid-19 infection, following which the family members performed last rites of the body given by the hospital in Vadodara and then returned to their village, he said.

The family members came to know that he was alive when he returned home on Saturday, Rathore said.

The matter will be clear after recording statement of Kamlesh Patidar, the official said.



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