Father shatters after COVID claims life of both his sons
Chandigarh, May 27, 2021:
A Chandigarh based trader has been shattered after the second wave of coronavirus took away both his sons with it. Shockingly, JPS Kalra, General Secretary of Traders Association, Chandigarh, lost both sons – Harpal (42) and Sarabjit (38) within a fortnight.
Talking to Babushahi, Harpreet Kalra, nephew of JPS Kalra said that around a month back, JPS Kalra, Harpal and Sarabjit tested COVID positive following which JPS and his elder son, Harpal were admitted in Gian Sagar Hospital in Banur, while Sarabjit was admitted to Mayo Hospital in Mohali. He said, “On May 9, a few days after my uncle JPS Kalra got discharged from the hospital, he was informed on phone that Harpal is no more. The news completely broke us. When JPS Kalra was trying to overcome the shock of Harpal’s death, he came to know on May 23 that his younger son, Sarbjit, also lost the fight to COVID.”
The condition of Harpal and Sarabjit did not remain critical during their treatments, however both died when they were recovering from the infection. The duo had never suffered from any comorbidity or other health issue in their entire life, said Harpreet Kalra.
As per Harpreet, Sarabjit remained admitted in the Mayo Hospital for a month. The hospital authorities kept informing the family that he was totally fine and would be discharged soon. When the family asked them to discharge Sarabjit as they wanted a second opinion, the authorities replied that they could not discharge Sarabjit until his COVID report comes negative. When the family pressurized, the hospital informed them that Sarabjit had tested negative and he could be discharged for which the family had to clear the bills of his treatment worth Rs 22 lakh. After clearing the bills on May 22, the family shifted him to Fortis Hospital following a high-level approach to get him treated from a chest specialist. Fortis doctors said that Sarbajit’s condition is critical as his lungs were severely infected. Next day, on May 23, Sarabjit succumbed to the virus.
Harpal was married 19 years ago and is survived by his two daughters and wife. Sarabjit, who was married 9 years ago, is survived by wife, a son and a daughter. The duo had graduated from GGDSD College in Sector 32, Chandigarh. Harpal was running a printing press, while Sarabjit was helping his father at their garments showroom in Sector 17, Chandigarh.