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Love, anxiety, relief and grief mark Mothers’ Day

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The pandemic cast its shadow on Mothers’ Day in households across the city. Many grieved for their mothers who lost the fight to Covid, some spent the day desperately trying to get news of their mothers fighting for breath in hospitals while others breathed a sigh of relief after their mothers returned from the brink of death.
It was a difficult day for Abhijit Dasgupta. Memories overflowed and so did the tears for this 36-year-old lawyer who lost his mother to Covid. “She had four hospitalizations before this for different ailments but every time I managed to bring her back. This time she succumbed and all I could do was say goodbye from a distance when they unzipped the bag to show me her face,” Dasgupta said emotionally.
Some sons and daughters had to remain satisfied with the video calls that the nurses and attendants arranged to show them how their mothers were doing.

Take the case of Sovon Maity and his sisters Sanchita and Sanjukta, who saw their mother, Monikuntala, suddenly collapse in front of their eyes and had to be rushed to the hospital. She is in ventilation now. “She was on dialysis and developed fever after which she tested positive. Initially she was on oxygen at home but after she collapsed, she was hospitalized and went straight into ventilation,” said niece Soumi Sinha, a PR professional.

For some of course, the day started and ended on a happy note, though their mothers are still in hospital. Outdoor advertising professional Satjeet Singh Soin, admitted his mother Rani first in a nursing home when she tested positive, had severe breathlessness and an oxygen saturation count of 82. “She has a heart blockage and had taken the first jab. After a day we shifted her to one of the bigger hospitals where she was in the HDU. Early this morning I woke up when she herself called to say that she was off oxygen and was better. Initially I thought I was dreaming. But nothing could have been a better Mothers’ Day celebration for me!” For Indrani Dutta, her actor daughter Rajnandini Paul created a nursing home set up after her condition deteriorated. Right from wearing the PPE kit to rolling in the oxygen cylinder, it was a fierce fight for 14 days. “Today I have finally come out but am too weak but my daughter is exhausted from lack of rest because she did it all by herself, not letting her diabetic father come near me. I pay my tributes to my daughter who turned into my mother,” Dutta said.

Source: Times of India

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