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A 74-year-old Ecuadorian woman who died of complications from a coronavirus a month ago woke up from a coma last week and asked doctors to call her sister, reports said.
Alba Maruri’s family members were delighted that the 70-something was alive, but wondered who the cremated hospital was and sent them away weeks ago, the family told media.
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“An ambulance arrived with a doctor, a psychiatrist and the social worker,” Alba’s sister Aura Maruri told Reuters. “They apologized and said, ‘Your sister is alive’ and we were in shock. It’s a miracle from God what happened. “
Doctors initially told the family that Alba Mauri died on March 27 shortly after being admitted to a hospital in Guayaquil with high fever and breathing difficulties, reported the Ecuadorian daily El Comercio.
The family showed a corpse at the hospital morgue, but they had to keep their distance because of fear that the virus could spread, according to the BBC. The body was taken away and cremated at the family’s expense, and the family received the ashes about a week later.
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But Alba Maruri woke up from her three-week coma on Thursday, reports said, and shocked doctors realized the case of an identity error when she asked hospital staff to call her sister Will have to recover it.
The family was unable to visit Alba Maruri until Saturday due to curfew restrictions believed to slow the spread of the virus, media reports said. They asked to be reimbursed for the cost of the cremation and to compensate for the confusion.
Health Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos told reporters that the case was under investigation.
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Guayaquil is believed to be the epicenter of the epidemic in Ecuador, where the virus infected at least 22,719 people and killed 576 people on Sunday.