A Whole Family Died Due to Covid-19 in Just Four Days in Russia

In St. Petersburg, a whole family died due to  covid-19 in four days: a father of 64, a mother of 61 and their 36-year-old daughter. The young woman was 32 weeks pregnant. The child she was carrying was rescued by doctors at the Botkin Hospital when the mother was connected to a ventilator. Officially, the baby has no relatives in St. Petersburg. But two applications were submitted to the guardianship authorities at once from those wishing to adopt the boy, who remained the only heir of the deceased relatives. Now the fate of baby Kirey depends on a DNA test.

The day of Svetlana’s death became the birthday of her son. Mom managed to give the child a name – Kirei, in honor of his grandfather. Kirey’s grandmother, Svetlana’s mother, died four days later in another hospital.

Botkin hospital did not want to comment on the incident.

The birth certificate for the baby Kirey – weight 2 kilograms, height 49 centimeters – was issued at the Botkin hospital. Svetlana and her parents were buried 1300 kilometers from St. Petersburg, in a republic where 30 million roses are grown every year. Svetlana’s father’s elder brother came from a small village of 600 inhabitants and took the dead to their small homeland.

Relatives from the Volga region want to take Kirey to themselves – Svetlana’s cousin, Larisa, who has three of her children, is ready to accept him into her family. She has already applied for custody.

“Svetlana’s dad was in the hospital, he underwent heart surgery. Probably, Sveta and her mother went to visit, and they caught the virus there, – said Larisa. – Because when Svetlana’s Dad (Kirey) was taken (home) on October 28, his temperature rose on the second day. Sveta’s mom, Aunt Vera, called a doctor for herself and her dad. They took Svetlana’s dad in an ambulance, but they didn’t even look at mom. Uncle Kirei was lying on Vaska in the Pokrovskaya hospital. Sveta was at first in the hospital, and then, when her covid was confirmed, she was admitted to Botkin’s infectious diseases hospital. It seems to have happened on November 1st. She had a temperature of 37, and then she got worse and worse.Svetlana’s mother died on November 12th. ”

Officially, in St. Petersburg, only one case of death from coronavirus of a pregnant woman was recorded: on May 21, a 34-year-old citizen of a foreign state died in Botkin at a late date, the child did not survive . However, sources of  some news, in the medical field claim that during the epidemic in the city at least four pregnant women died from the coronavirus , in two cases the children were saved . One of these babies is Kirei A.

A week ago a young man M. appeared, who claims to be the biological dad of Kirey. He filed an application to the court to establish paternity. “A genetic examination will be appointed, which will be done within a week. M. is likely to do it at his own expense. If the examination confirms his words in court, then the decision on establishing biological paternity can be made pretty soon. ”

The newborn Kirei A., who lost his grandfather, mother and grandmother in a matter of days, is the heir of two apartments in St. Petersburg. The court will have to investigate all the circumstances related to M. if the man can prove paternity. It is impossible to deny him the right to DNA analysis, as well as a cousin – to see the boy if he is handed over to dad.

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