A Siparia family is calling for an investigation into the death of 40-year-old Rodney Sirju, who died from symptoms of Influenza A (H1N1) virus, commonly known as swine flu.
Sirju, of Siparia, was pronounced dead at the Siparia Health Centre after collapsing in his bathroom on September 13.
An autopsy performed by pathologist Dr Hughvon Des Vignes found he died from pneumonia. Sirju’s family was told his lungs were clogged, causing his heart to fail.
Hospital officials could not be reached for comment in Sirju’s case.
A relative said, “He started complaining of high fever and went to the doctor. He was given antibiotics for bronchitis. The evening before he died, he went to lime with friends in Fyzabad, and his fever was so high they had to drop him home.”
The relative said Sirju’s condition worsened the next morning, and he called a friend to take him to the doctor.
“He could not breathe. He was in the shower and his mother thought he was taking too long, so she went to check on him. He collapsed and was on the floor. She called the ambulance and was pronounced dead at Siparia Health Centre,” she said.
Sirju, a taxi-driver, was the father of two children. He was divorced.
Relatives became aware of the swine flu virus in the media this week.
“After reading about it, we realised that he had the symptoms. And we are asking why didn’t the doctors inform us about what was going on with him. We want answers. We want to know exactly how he died,” she said.
Sirju was laid to rest two weeks ago.