Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
These twin brothers with no underlying health conditions have tragically died just two days apart from COVID-19 in Brazil.
Genilton and Jailson Rodrigues, 47, passed away in the same hospital in the municipality of Ponta Grossa in the southern Brazilian state of Parana from complications due to COVID-19.
Genilton, who owned a supermarket and a bakery, was admitted to hospital on 14th February. He passed away from complications due to COVID-19 in the early hours of 13th March.
He leaves behind a wife, 17-year-old twin daughters and a 16-year-old son.
Jailson was admitted to hospital one week after his brother, on 21st February. He passed away from complications due to COVID-19 just two days after his brother, in the early hours of 15th March.
Jailson worked as a freelancer in the sanitation sector and also as a gospel singer.
According to his family, he had no health insurance and there were no available public hospital beds when he fell ill.
He was taken to the same private hospital as his twin brother, and their family racked up a bill of BRL 110,000 (GBP 14,190), which they only managed to pay after Jailson’s wife sold her car and a family neighbour made a whip-round.
Neither patient had underlying health conditions.
In Parana, public ICU beds are currently at 96 percent occupancy, and 97 percent in the region surrounding Ponta Grossa.
As of 16th March, Ponta Grossa (population 355,336) had seen 23,489 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 439 related deaths.
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