In what can only be called as a shocking turn of events, a 17-year-old boy, after being presumed dead, woke up on the way to his own funeral in Managundi village in Dharwad district of Karnataka, leaving his relatives and villagers completely astonished. He was later rushed to a private hospital where his condition is critical.
Kumar Marewad was bitten by a stray dog, one month ago, and was down with a high fever last week, following which he was admitted to a nearby hospital. As his condition exacerbated, Kumar was put on a ventilator.
Marewad’s family was reportedly informed by the doctors that his condition was critical and chances of his survival were slim if the life support was removed. Doctors informed his relatives that infection had spread in Kumar’s body due to the dog bite. They left Kumar’s family to decide if they wanted to continue treatment. Kumar’s family later decided to discontinue the medical treatment and take him home.
"We had decided to take Kumar home after doctors told us his chances of survival were bleak once taken off the ventilator," said Kumar’s brother-in-law, Sharanappa Naikar.
After reaching home, the family members reportedly saw no body movement or breathing and presumed him dead. They then asked villagers to start arrangements for his funeral. Once, arrangements had been made, the family members carried his ‘body’ and headed straight to perform the last rites.
Barely, two kilometers from the village where the funeral was to take place, Kumar opened his eyes, moving his hands and legs and started breathing fast. Soon he was rushed to a hospital in Gokul road.
Dr Mahesh Neelakhantannavar told timesofindia, “Kumar is on the ventilator. We suspect he suffers from meningoencephalitis, an infection caused due to a dog bite.”
Kumar's parents Ningappa and Manjula, daily wage labourers, said: “Kumar stopped going to school after class IX to support us. He used to work as a construction labourer. His elder brother is physically challenged. We need support for his treatment.”
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