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Wife pawns mangalsutra for Covid warrior’s last rites in Karnataka | Hubballi News

HUBBALLI: When 108 ambulance driver Umesh Hadagali died of a heart attack on May 27, after some two months of non-stop duty as Covid warrior, his wife had to pawn her mangalsutra to conduct his final rites. Her video on social media, seeking help for her sons, aged 12 and 7, triggered a call from the chief minister.
Speaking to the family on Monday, BS Yediyurappa assured all help, besides speedy insurance and compensation payout. Umesh’s wife Jyoti has sought a job for herself and help to further the boys’ education.
Umesh, of Konnur in Naragund taluk of Gadag, had been working as an ambulance driver for nine years. Tragically, the 38-year-old suffered the heart attack on duty and died before he could be taken to hospital.
“On May 27, he left for work at 8am. Around 9am, I received a call from his colleague. He was suffering from severe chest pain and we took him to a private clinic in Ramdurga,” said Jyoti, holding back tears. “They told us to take him to SDM Hospital, Dharwad. He breathed his last on way to hospital.”
Jyoti said Umesh had been working without a break since the lockdown came into force.
Driver’s wife is concerned about their kids’ education
He used to work 12-14 hours a day and did not take any leave. Despite my repeated requests to take a break, he used to say his work was crucial to shift people to hospital for timely treatment in such a critical time. All that work took a toll on his health,” she said. The couple have two children, 12-year-old Vinayak and seven-year-old Vishwanath.
The ordeal to conduct his last rites had left the family shaken. “My husband was earning Rs 10,000 per month, with which we used to run the household. Now I’m completely shattered. The future of my two children is at stake. The government should secure their education and provide me with a job,” she said. “The chief minister called me, sought our family details and promised help. He also assured us of the insurance amount and other compensation from the government.”
Pandappa Korati, co-secretary of Rajya 108 Noukarar Sangha, said, “Umesh died of heart attack while on duty. His family is very poor and should be compensated suitably by the government. We will put pressure on our organisation and the government to help the family.”

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