The 22-year-old daughter of hawker Madan Jaiswal, who died during a Vasant Dhoble-led anti-hawker drive on January 11, did not pass away of trauma as her family had alleged. Sriram, her 18-year-old brother, said, “Doctors told us Radha had dengue. She had fever before she came to Mumbai for the cremation and after hearing the news of our father’s death, she refused to eat.”
He added that her platelet count was below 20,000.
Radha had come to Mumbai from Bihar with her husband and their 3-year-old son on January 12. After she collapsed during her father’s cremation, she was admitted to VN Desai Hospital with high fever. But with her platelet and white blood cells count dipping, she had to be shifted to KEM Hospital where she breathed her last on Sunday evening.
KEM Hospital refused to confirm that she had dengue but said that Radha had a severe viral infection due to which her bone marrow had depressed considerably and was unable to produce the normal amount of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.