As Harishchandra Dhaware, a small-town journalist from India’s heartland, was being wheeled into the intensive care unit in March this year, his wails filled the corridor — “Don’t take me to ICU. If I am to die, I want to die at home. How will you afford this? Don’t spend so much on me.”
“I can see the day in front of my eyes. He kept hitting himself in the face and wailing as they put him on a stretcher and took him away,” his wife, Jayashri, says as she recounts to The Independent one of the last memories she has of her husband.
Dhaware, 48, died inside the ICU of a private hospital in Solapur, Maharashtra, on 6 April after a 15-day battle with Covid, combined with mucormycosis, or black fungus, that damaged his eyes and kidneys and caused memory loss.
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