Covid-19: Elderly woman wakes up from coma after family told she died

Covid-19: Elderly woman wakes up from coma after family told she died

- A 74-year-old woman reportedly died from Covid-19 in Ecuador and ashes were sent to her family after cremation

- In a turn of events, the woman woke up from a coma and the hospital realised it had made a mistake

- Alba Maruri's family is happy that she's alive but wants reimbursement for the cost of the cremation

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Alba Maruri, a 74-year-old Ecuadorean woman who was declared dead from the coronavirus, was found alive in a case of mistaken identity.

Her family was informed of her death in March and ashes were sent after she was supposedly cremated, BBC reports.

Briefly.co.za gathers that on Thursday, 23 April, three weeks after she went into a coma in the hospital, the woman woke up and asked doctors to call her sister.

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The hospital realised it had made a mistake and informed the family and apologised for the mix-up.

When the death of the woman was announced, her family was shown a corpse in the hospital morgue but had to be kept at a distance because of the fear of contracting the deadly disease.

Maruri's family members are happy to learn that she is alive but wants reimbursement for the cost of cremation.

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Meanwhile, it is always encouraging to see messages of hope especially in difficult times such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

A lady narrated one of these stories which has encouraged many 'netizens' especially regarding the situation she found herself in at a young age.

Twitter user Doreen Moraa celebrated 20 years living with HIV and wanted to share her story online. Doreen posted a touching message while also sharing pictures of her as a young innocent girl who, according to doctors, was never to see past her 12th birthday.

She said doctors gave her four years to live when she was as young as eight, but went on to surpass that and mark 20 years living with the virus.

"2020 marks exactly 20 years since I was diagnosed with HIV. I was eight years old when my parents were told I was HIV positive. Pensive face doctors gave me up to my 12th birthday. This August I'm looking forward to my 28th birthday. God is not done with me yet," Doreen wrote.

Doreen proudly accepts her condition and is thankful for where she came from, something that has been a great lesson to many.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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