Radha Jaiswal, 22, the daughter of Madan Jaiswal, the hawker from Santacruz who died last week following a police eviction drive by assistant commissioner of police, Vasant Dhoble, died at KEM Hospital on Sunday.
While the family has claimed that Radha died of shock following her father’s untimely death, authorities at the KEM hospital maintain that the death occurred owing to low platelet counts.
“Radha was shattered after my father’s death. She didn’t want to live anymore,” said Shrikrishna Jaiswal, 18, her brother.
He added, “Whenever she regained consciousness, she would cry. Her health kept deteriorating. She had no prior ailments.”
Dr VL Sabahit, medical superintendent, VN Desai Hospital, where Radha was treated before being referred to KEM Hospital, said, “She had a low platelet count and we suspected she was suffering from dengue. She required treatment in a bigger hospital, which is why we shifted her to KEM Hospital.”
Dr Sandhya Kamath, dean, KEM Hospital, said Radha had a severe viral infection owing to which her bone marrow had depressed considerably and was unable to produce normal amounts of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
“The level of her neutrophils (white blood cells that fight infection) had dropped to zero which is why she did not have any immunity to fight the viral infection,” added Dr Kamath.