This daughter of a Russian nurse who died of COVID-19 while battling the virus on the frontlines has claimed that the authorities changed her cause of death to pneumonia on her death certificate to avoid paying out 11,000 GBP in compensation.
Yulia Yasiulevich, who worked as a nurse at the R.R.Vreden Russian Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg, died on 1st May at the age of 54.
Her daughter, Ksenia Yasiulevich, said that she was placed in quarantine on 8th April after testing positive for COVID-19.
Ksenia said that her mum’s condition slowly worsened day by day.
She commented: “On 17th April they took her to intensive care and connected her to a ventilator. This was the day I spoke to my mother for the last time. Two weeks later, she passed away.”
Ksenia claimed that her mother’s cause of death was suddenly attributed to pneumonia instead of the earlier diagnosis of COVID-19.
She said: “For some reason, in the conclusion of the pathologist which we received from the morgue, they have written that she only had pneumonia.
“I do not understand why they suddenly lost the word ‘coronavirus’.
“This is probably being done so I can’t claim any compensation.”
Ksenia said that her father still has several documents confirming the victim’s earlier COVID-19 diagnosis and that she wants to publicise the case so other people are aware in case a similar situation arises.
According to local media, the Russian government has agreed to pay 1 million RUB (10,820 GBP) to the families of COVID-19 medics who succumb to the disease.
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