Laxmi Mathrawala surrounded by her family on Tuesday
MUMBAI: After battling the novel Coronavirus for two weeks in a city hospital, 93-year-old Ghatkopar resident Laxmibai Mathrawala returned home on Tuesday much to the relief of her anxious family.
The mother of four, grandmother of eight and great grandmother of four stays in her Ghatkopar home with two caretakers. On May 15, she developed a fever and her oxygen levels dropped. “She does not move out of the house and her caretakers too stepped down only to buy essentials. So when she developed a fever, we didn’t suspect Covid-19,” said Gaurav Mathrawala, her grandson. However, she and one of her caretakers tested positive for Covid-19. Since the caretaker was asymptomatic, she continued to be in isolation at Mathrawala’s home.
“She has no comorbidities, but her chest X-ray showed signs of pneumonia so we admitted her to the Kohinoor Hospital in Kurla. Within two days, she needed ICU care, but that didn’t dampen her spirits,” said Kinnari Mathrawala, her granddaughter.
They family spent the next few days keeping the nonagenarian entertained in isolation. “While we were worried about staying connected with her, she quickly learnt to make video calls. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who are settled in different parts of Mumbai and some even across the globe, rallied around to ensure she remained positive during her hospital stay. She would ask all of us if we were praying for her. Her resolve to fight the disease has been inspiring,” said Kinnari.
Grandson Gaurav says though she stopped showing symptoms about five days ago, she still tested positive for Covid-19. After she tested negative on Tuesday, they decided to bring her home as the hospital staff cheered for their feisty patient.