‘I blame myself for vaccinating wife’

June 28, 2021 12:00 am | Updated 04:06 am IST - NEW DELHI

Ganga Prasad Gupta with his daughters at their home in Delhi.SANDEEP SAXENASANDEEP SAXENA

Ganga Prasad Gupta with his daughters at their home in Delhi.SANDEEP SAXENASANDEEP SAXENA

Running a high footfall snack shop in east Delhi’s Ganesh Nagar, Ganga Prasad Gupta (48) and his wife Savita (45) were worried about consistent exposure to the virus. When they learned that vaccination is open for those above 45, they rushed and got their first doses on April 14. The couple and their five daughters thought they were utterly safe.

However, Savita never recovered from the after-effects of the vaccine and died 10 days later. The family alleges that theirs is a case of adverse events following immunisation. Like every inoculated adult, the couple too had fever and cough after being administered the vaccine. While Mr. Gupta had no post-vaccination problems, the vaccine took a fatal turn on his wife.

That happened when the family thought they had survived the pandemic. But everything changed from the day their mother got vaccinated and within a few days they lost her. After getting vaccinated at LBS Hospital in east Delhi, she developed fever and body ache. She took paracetamol as prescribed by the medical staff but barely got any relief.

Mr. Gupta said that he took her to a local clinic but the doctor said it was just a post-vaccination effect and she will get relief soon. But on April 25, she developed a breathing problem, he said.

“I rushed her to LBS Hospital at 5.30 p.m. as her condition was deteriorating. Initially, we avoided going to the hospital as there was a hue and cry for oxygen and hospital bed but seeing her condition I was left with no other option. I got her admitted but she expired within half an hour of the admission,” said Mr. Gupta.

Mr. Gupta said that along with his wife he was managing his shop and family well. His wife used to take care of the shop and he used to supply material to other shops in the area.

“I shifted to Delhi from Bareilly in 1985 and got married to Savita in Delhi. We have five daughters and last year in November we got our eldest daughter married. And we were planning the marriage of our second daughter who is 23-years-old,” he said.

Their youngest daughter is just 12-years old. “After the death of my wife, no one in my family is willing to take the COVID vaccine. Even my neighbours have refused to take the vaccine. No one from the government has come to visit us or order an inquiry into my wife’s death. I still curse myself for persuading my wife to take the vaccine. I thought it would save us from the virus but it killed her,” said Mr. Gupta.

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