Covid-19: Twin brothers, both techies, die together after 24th birthday
MEERUT: Gregory Raymond Raphael remembers the day clearly. April 23, 1997. The delivery, doctors said, had been successful and his wife Soja was fine. Heart beating with joy, he had rushed to the hospital. The babies, twins, looked exactly alike. The young parents named them Joefred Varghese Gregory and Ralfred George Gregory. Having lived a life where they did almost everything together — both chose computer engineering, both had jobs in Hyderabad — they caught the deadly fever the same day, on April 24. Last week, after struggling with Covid, they died together, hours after one another.
Raphael said he almost knew that if his sons had to make it, they would come home together. Or they wouldn’t. “Whatever happened to one, it happened to the other,” he said. “That’s how it was since their birth. I had told my wife after we got news that Jeofred had died that Ralfred won’t return home alone either. They died on May 13 and May 14, hours apart.”
He said, “The twins had a lot of plans for us. They wanted to give us a better life. As teachers we have struggled much to bring up the children well and they wanted to give us back, everything from money to hapess. Before they died, they were planning to leave for Korea and then perhaps Germany for work. I don’t know why god punished us like this.” The Raphaels have a third son, the eldest one, Nelfred.
Residents of Meerut’s Cantonment area, the family initially treated the brothers at home, thinking the fever would subside. But it didn’t. “We purchased an ometer. When their oxygen level dropped to 90, doctors advised us to take them to hospital. We admitted them to a private one on May 1,” Gregory said. Their first report had confirmed the young men were Covid-positive. But after a few days, their second RT-PCR test report came negative.
“Doctors were planning to move them from the Covid ward to the normal ICU. However, I requested the hospital to mon or their health for two more days in the Covid ward. Then, suddenly, on the evening of May 13, my wife got the call. Our world crashed.”
Ralfred had made his last phone call to his mother. “He spoke from the hospital bed,” said Gregory, his voice shaking. “He told his mother that he was recovering and enquired about Joefred’s health. By then Joefred had died. So we made up a story. We told him we had to shift him to a hospital in Delhi. But Ralfred knew instinctively. He told his mother, ‘You are lying’.”
This is such a terrible story. No parents ever want to outlive their children. May God send his divine peace and strength to this family!
.so many innocents died...
When govt are busy in doing po itics of re gion and forget to invest money on hospitals and medicines, every parents will lose their child and every child will lose their parents.. RIP
It is heart-breaking.. God is being too cruel. Let the twins rest in peace. And my sincerest condolences to their Parents .
Heart breaking ,very sad .
BJP has ruined our country and ordinary peoples lives. Loved ones wasted just because of our incompetence bunch of jokers.
Terrible news,may God give the strength to the family to bear such a terrible loss.RIP
My heart really broke.. Two splendid young men lost to this Chinese vir s Why can't these demonic Jehaadis contact COVID and just get lost from here. Wrong people are dying
Whether or not this terrible disease is man made, its spread is definitely man made. Apathy and mismanagement by our po itical lords have led to avoidable loss of so many lives. Feel deeply saddened for the aged parents of the twins. RIP
Terrible to hear this and my sympathy to the family members.
extremely bad news for the parents..may god give them strength..rip twins..
Wish our worthless BJP go nment could have invested time and energy to fight covid rather than engaging in regional and re gious propaganda
In first wave never so many 21-40 age people died with this deadly disease. Just imagine the mental condition of parents when they lose 2 you sons
Deepest condolences to the family . May their souls rest in peace.
The pain can be only understood by people who lost their dear and near one's.. God bless both souls and also give strength to parent to fight ag inst such pain.
Very saddening, I hope they RIP!!!
Heart breaking... Don't understand why people dying when they are recovering..
Tears in my eyes. Hope this deadly vir s dies soon
Its high time that go nment thinks seriously about vaccinating 18-44 age group. They are the most active age group and vulnerable to contract the infection. They should not be left behind in our vaccination program.
Modi is responsible for their death. He should suppose to keep vaccines for indians than dontating to rest of the world to be a world leader… Chaiwalla cant be a world leader