The septuagenarian tested positive to the coronavirus but did not present any serious symptoms, the doctors simply advised her to isolate herself at home.
Unfortunately Shakuntala Gaikwad fell very ill quickly. Worried, her relatives took her to Silver Jubilee Hospital on May 10 near Mumbai. The hospital was full, so she had to wait in the vehicle. It was then that she lost consciousness, giving her relatives the impression that she had died.
Heartbroken, her loved ones took her home and began preparations to cremate her. But just before the coffin caught fire, the Indian woman opened her eyes and began to cry. The 70-year-old was rushed to the emergency department.
Efforts in India to fight the epidemic that claims more than 4,000 lives every day were hampered by a severe cyclone on Monday.