Syed Sujeel Ahmed | India Tomorrow
Bengaluru – In just a span of two weeks, Sultan Moosavi (61), a retired state level table tennis player, eminent lawyer, and sports administrator of Vijayawada, has lost his entire family due to the COVID-19 and he himself passed away on Saturday. Sultan’s daughter, Heena, is the only survivor from the family who stays in Australia and did not come in contact with any of the family members who contracted the disease. Sultan was originally from Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
Sultan’s elderly mother first contracted the disease about three weeks back, soon after Sultan, his wife, and his son too tested positive for the COVID-19. Sultan’s mother passed away two weeks back, even as Sultan was mourning the death of his mother, his wife, Lubna Moosavi, succumbed to the disease on Friday. A day later, Sultan himself became the victim of the deadly disease. The tragedy did not stop here, and on the very next day, Sultan’s young son, Javeed (25), too breathed his last leaving the entire city into disbelief and utter shock. Javeed had celebrated his birthday on 18 October. Sultan, Lubna, and Javeed lost their lives on consecutive days when they were being treated in Manipal Hospital in Vijayawada.
Speaking on the death of an entire family due to COVID-19, Dr Sudhakar Kantipudi, regional unit head of Manipal Hospitals, said, “They were moved here from a different hospital at the terminal stage. We explained to them that we did not think any miracles would happen, but we would try. Unfortunately, we could not save them. Within 48 hours of being admitted, we lost them.” Dr Sudhakar, termed the death a loss not just to Sultan’s family but the entire state and country. After his retirement from Table Tennis, Sultan practiced as lawyer and is fondly remembered as a humble person and an able administrator. Sultan initially served as President of the Andhra Pradesh Table Tennis Association.
The Table Tennis Federation of Indian (TTFI) mourned his death and wrote, “His loss will be mourned by the entire table tennis fraternity in both Andhra and Telangana besides all those who had known him personally.”
Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu reacting to the news wrote, “It is sad that 4 people have died in 20 days in Vijayawada’s senior advocate Sultan Musavi’s family…is painful. This tragedy is the reason enough to tell how corona is messing up with people’s lives. I express my deepest condolences to the daughter of Sultan Musavi. I pray to God to give her the strength to face such tragedy.”
The death of Sultan’s entire family of 4 on consecutive days has gone viral on the social platforms and leaves us with the grim reminder that the disease is far from being over and is still around as virulent as it was earlier. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been consistently warning public on not taking the disease seriously.