A mother of two died in a hospital shortly after complaining of ‘extreme’ thirst.
37-year-old Smitha Patil was taken to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham after she complained of a dry throat and an unusual thirst.
Her husband then took their two young children, aged 2 and 6, to a friend’s house. But by the time he returned to the hospital, his wife had already died.
Speaking to Birmingham Live, family friend Phani Krishna Pamarthy said: “It all happened very quickly. We don’t know yet how she died. There are a lot of questions.
“She was complaining of a dry throat for a good part of the evening. Her husband was away on a dinner but came back early to take care of her. She was unusually thirsty.
“It was around 1.30am when her husband took her to the hospital. She was having some shortness of breath but she was able to talk and move.”
“Her husband left her in A&E to drop the kids at a friend’s house in Solihull and by the time he got back, she had already passed away,” Pamarthy continued.
“The family are all in shock. The two kids are very young – one’s six and one is two – and they don’t know what’s happening.
“They think their mum is at the hospital and are still expecting her to come back.”
Phani paid tribute to his friend and said: “Smitha was an ambitious, hard working young woman who was also very dedicated to her family.
“She loved to spend time with her two young children, taking them around to new experiences in the UK. Always wearing a cheerful smile on her face, she was a source of energy in the family and among her friends and colleagues.
“At work, she was an achiever and never short of ideas.
“We are all devastated by Smitha’s loss and stand shattered into pieces in her absence.”
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