Illustration: Himal Southasian
Illustration: Himal Southasian

A death in the family

A family’s loss, Nepal's weak public healthcare, and the stigma of COVID-19.

It was supposed to be a quick visit to the emergency room. The doctor would inject a round or two of saline drip, prescribe a few medications, and send us home – or so we thought. But my cousin, a seemingly healthy young man, who had up until that evening displayed no symptoms of being severely ill, never made it back.

Two days after being rushed to the hospital for what we had presumed was a minor ailment, my cousin, who had been living with my family since his father's death over two decades ago, passed away on the afternoon of 12 April. He was only 24.

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Himal Southasian