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Of grit and triumph: UP siblings turn car into COVID isolation ward for their mother; she defeats the virus
Indeed, it takes a lot of grit, determination, and patience to perform such an act.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. This has been the case in India as the second wave of COVID-19 has gripped the nation. With an acute shortage of hospital beds as well as oxygen, people are left to fend for themselves and are trying to save the lives of their loved ones in the best way possible.
Indeed, it takes a lot of grit, determination, and patience to perform such an act. An example of this is what a sibling duo did recently to save their mother from succumbing to the deadly virus.
Akash and Payal Singh decided to drive their mother, a 45-year-old woman named Parul Singh, to Lucknow for her dialysis on April 20. They have been doing this for quite some time now going from Lakhimpur Kheri to the UP capital.
They were supposed to drive back the same day. However, their mother developed a fever. As the hospital asked them to get the RT-PCR test done, the family had to spend the night in the car.
The next morning, she came to be positive. The hospital refused to perform the dialysis which left the Singh family in a pickle. With the help of friends in the city, they took her to the private hospital. Unfortunately, they refused as well when her oxygen dropped.
The next few days were extremely daunting as they had to arrange an oxygen cylinder for their mother. The siblings advised her to lie on her stomach to follow the proning technique. Their father went back all the way to Lakhimpur Kheri to bring a cylinder in another car.
"To maintain her oxygen levels, we made mother lie in prone position on the backseat as we spent another night in the car, simultaneously searching for an oxygen cylinder. Help came on April 23 when my father brought a cylinder from Lakhimpur in a hired car. We put her on oxygen support in the car itself and sent our father home to protect him from the virus," Payal told The Times of India.
Things got a little worse when Akash came up with mild symptoms of COVID-19. Now it was on Payal to take care of everything. Along with that, she took the medication as well to protect herself. With only ₹12,000 with them, she asked her father to send in some more money.
After several failed calls for help, they finally got a hospital bed in Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences on April 24. It was on April 30 when she was officially discharged after defeating the virus.
Throughout this crisis, Parul Singh did not lose her resolve. She fought bravely despite having limited resources. Not only that, the family did not give up on her. Such stories are a way to restore our faith in humanity and believe that we can fight this dangerous virus.