‘My late mother’s phone is filled with her memories’: Girl pleads with Kodagu DC, MLAs to find stolen phone from COVID Hospital

‘My late mother’s phone is filled with her memories’: Girl pleads with Kodagu DC, MLAs to find stolen phone from COVID Hospital

May 23, 2021

Kushalnagar: A little girl who lost her mother to killer Corona has made a fervent appeal to the Kodagu Deputy Commissioner (DC) Charulata Somal, two MLAs of the district K.G. Bopaiah and M.P. Appachu Ranjan and also to the staff of Kodagu Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) to find her mother’s mobile phone which has been stolen from a KIMS ward, where her mother was admitted. 

Thefts of mobile phones from KIMS, the designated Kodagu District COVID Hospital, has become common and many patients who lost their loved ones at the hospital have reported that the mobile phones have not been retuned with the bodies in case of deaths. Many have vented their ire on social media and also complained to the DC and the MLAs. According to patient relatives, there is not even one Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras inside the hospital for surveillance. Last week, a doctor, Shivakumar, was caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs. 5,000 from a person to give good treatment to his loved one who has been admitted at KIMS. The doctor has been suspended now. 

Holding the letter in her hand, Hrithiksha, daughter of a painter in Kushalnagar, has said that the phone had some of the best photos of her mother and she has to lead a life without her (mother). “Please find and return my mother’s phone,” she appealed. 

Narrating her story, Hrithiksha said that her family of three tested COVID positive and her mother was admitted to KIMS where she died due to complications. 

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“I and my father are in home isolation now and we are not in a position to go out of the house. We depend on help from neighbours for food and other essentials. My mother died on May 16 and someone has taken her mobile phone as it was not returned to us when the body was handed over,” she wrote in the letter. 

“I have become an orphan now and my mother’s phone contained all her good photos. All her memories are stored there. If someone has taken or have found my mother’s phone, please return it,” she has appealed. Today, a complaint has been lodged in Kushalnagar Police Station in this regard. “The hospital authorities returned the luggage but did not return the mobile phone. My daughter is deeply disturbed,” Hrithiksha’s father told Star of Mysore.  

Usually patients are rushed to the COVID-designated hospital in an unconscious state or critical condition and attendants are not allowed to stay with them. The only means of contact with them is through phone, or when officials pass on information about the patient’s condition.

“Since family members are not able reach the patients through phones, they start to panic about their condition. It is unfortunate that mobile phones are being stolen at the Kodagu District Hospital. There is not even a single CCTV camera inside the Hospital so that at least someone can monitor the activities,” said Vasanth Kumar, a COVID volunteer in Madikeri. 

Usually, the Hospital does not allow any valuable items like gold ornaments, money, credit cards, documents, etc. when patients get admitted. They hand over the valuables to relatives at the gate and take their signatures. Only mobile phones are allowed as the relatives have to contact the patients, said hospital authorities, requesting anonymity.

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“It is inhuman to steal patients’ belongings. Most of the doctors and workers are putting their lives at risk to serve patients. It is painful to know that some of them are doing such things,” he added.

11 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “‘My late mother’s phone is filled with her memories’: Girl pleads with Kodagu DC, MLAs to find stolen phone from COVID Hospital”

  1. boregowda says:

    We Indians need introspection of our moral compass. Most of us try to exploit any given situation to fill our pockets. Be it be a hard to find medicine, oxygen, PPE, cell phone and other worldly possession of injured or dying. Anything and everything that can be salvaged and trade for money. It is utterly inhumane and disgusting. We have turned vultures prying on the weak and vulnerable.

  2. Balaji says:

    It is a very sad story. I hope some sense of shame or guilt will prevail on these people . Sincerely I Pray God to help her! Only God is the hope! I used to read the news media and watch TV channels of local and international and got an impression that Modi was not doing enough! But for the past few weeks my experiences with some of my family and friends have changed my mind! I have a couple of friends in New Delhi and Bangalore who live in apartments. Whole Kejrival comes on TV and cries of vaccine shortage, my friends kids in Delhi who are less than 21 are all vaccinated. Sonia and Rahul join the chorus to cry about shortage!!
    I heard, even some of the churches are vaccinating the kids out of turn for a ‘donation’ !!
    How? The apartment complex my friends live in get their Tenants vaccinated for Rs1000 per Jab. I thought, Kejrival’s gang had political reasons to encourage corruption and cry on TV, but Karnataka . But , being a BJP ruled state, they too are doing the same while claiming shortage for eligible group. While people who are over 44 are not even getting vaccine , how come the youngsters can get the vaccine for a higher price? Obviously, there is corruption which is encouraged by state authorities> This may not be just 2 states, but may be in all states!
    What is our media doing? They can point out that these were all the inefficiency of Modi! Why Modi, even all the gods take a re-incarnation, they cant fix this corruption~ Same was oxygen cylinders now being repeated for Vaccines>
    Go ahead, let’s elect Rahul in 2024 and make him the PM! or even Kejri for PM !We deserve them!! He may need some rest from being blamed for all the corruption prevalent in the nation!

  3. citizen says:

    Dear Balaji, very good ! Put failures on others head and blame opposition, take credit for good things.
    Ah what cult you are man amazing ! whose responsibility to stop this irregularity ? Kejriwal ? Sonia ? Rahul ? you ? me? who ?
    Mobile phone can be traced in couple of days if police wishes to do it, hope this girl get her wish completed , really heart rending stories only those who have lost loved know their pain curse this governments for failure to manage this crisis even after 1 year. Now shedding tears on TV for failure.
    You have not lost loved one you don’t know pain, if you had lost your brother or wife or father or mother without bed, without oxygen even when they are in hospital , you will exactly tell who’s failure was that ! people will teach lesson for their failure

  4. Balaji says:

    @Citizen, you dont sound like somebody who lost anything , but more like one of those agents and blaming somebody seems to be the easiest! I was not giving credits to anybody but reporting what I saw! All I was pointing out was, if people do this in broad daylight and nobody investigating because corruption so all pervasive, then, even God cant fix it! Also, as far as I am concerned, I give a rats ass to what you think! So, stop jumping on people! If the system is rotten at grass root level blaming anybody won’t help! No government can provide oxygen or vaccine if it is stolen so brazenly and distributed under the nose of the police! if common man should get the service after all the corrupt and greedy are satisfied them you must be hallucinating!

  5. citizen says:

    The system is not rotten if it was rotten half population would have wiped out, failed governance is responsible you morons cannot accept this unless somebody die in your home ! Floating bodies in Ganga, Indian consulate across globe begging oxygen from foreign countries , exported 60 million doses to foreign countries with a joker photo on it, delayed procuring vaccines, conducting election rallies every alternate day, least bothered about governance ! Between April 2020 and January 2021, India exported over 9,000 metric tonnes of oxygen, according to a Ministry of Commerce report itself. SOLD EVERTHING for his fucking image, left our own people die without oxygen. You dumb ass inclined towards an ideology cannot accept all this truth. If there is surplus oxygen surplus vaccine why people will steal why it will go in black market ? Till date only 3% Indian population vaccinated where most nation have covered 30 % to 40 % population and they have scheduled delivery of vaccines to cover 100 %. Is it not failure ? answer with you conscience !

  6. Balaji says:

    @citizen! Is is unfair that COVOD did not take down Bstrd SOBs like you and save the nation! You are upset because because people have started understanding your ugly games! Looting the people and blame somebody! Dont participate in this conversation if your stupid brain can’t handle logic!

  7. Shankar says:

    MIND your language in these posts!!

  8. citizen says:

    @ balaji , you have brain ? you talk about corruption is main reason ? Do you know how many MLA’s bought in last 5 years by our home minister across India ? where does this money come from ? Take example of Karnataka itself ? chattered planes ? 5 star hotels for months ? luring offers ? This is white hard earned money as per you right !
    And you speak about logic ! If you are true Indian and respect India as motherland you cannot digest this ! If you inclined to a party and ideology you will praise this and blame else everything !
    I doesn’t belong to any party , NOR BHAKT , NOR PAPPU, NOR DIDI , NOR KEJRI, I am a true citizen , wrong is wrong , right is right !
    You cannot ask me to agree on your things and say don’t participate, if you posted it in public domain you should listen, if not write it in your book and keep it in your showcase SOB !

  9. boregowda says:

    What is the editor and his staff doing? Please monitor and control the language of postings. This is not civil anymore.

  10. citizen says:

    Truth pains you a lot ! You cannot digest truth Boregowda !

  11. boregowda says:

    Vulgarism and abuse is not truth!!!!Citizen????


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