Coronavirus patient dies after family unplugs ventilator for air conditioner

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A severely ill coronavirus patient has reportedly died after his family disconnected his ventilator so they could plug in an air conditioner.

The man was being treated in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at MBS Hospital in Rajasthan, northern India. According to local media reports, his relatives came to visit him on Monday night.

While sitting in his hospital room they began feeling hot, so made the unbelievable decision to unplug his ventilator machine from the power source. They then plugged in an air cooler instead.

Some time later the ventilator’s battery ran out and the patient’s condition quickly deteriorated.

Coronavirus patient dies after family unplugs ventilator for air conditioner
Ventilators require electricity to continue pumping air into a patient’s lungs

His family informed the doctors who performed CPR but could not save the man, and he died in hospital.

The family then reportedly verbally abused the hospital staff after his death.

Ventilators, which are used in the most severe Covid-19 cases, mechanically pump air into the lungs of someone who can’t breathe unassisted.

They typically need electricity to function, although some can use battery power.

The shocking incident at MBS Hospital comes as Rajasthan’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 13,216 with a death toll of 308.

For the whole of India the number of cases stands at 367,000, the world’s fourth-highest, and 12,237 people have died.

On March 24 Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered the entire nation of 1.3 billion people to go into a strict lockdown, but that has eased in recent weeks.

Now India’s case numbers are rapidly rising again along with hospitalisations and deaths particularly in crowded cities like Mumbai and Delhi.

There have been reports of desperately sick people dying after being denied treatment at over-crowded hospitals, and one person was even found dead in a toilet.

The country’s testing ability is also being hampered by delays as labs are overrun.


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