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Meerut twins die of Covid-19 complications: Birth and death of each other

The twins named Joefred and Ralfred born minutes apart caught the deadly fever on 23rd April and on May 1, both were admitted to hospital after their oxygen levels began dropping, and had to be eventually put on ventilator support in the ICU.

“Our family is broken. We are only three in the family now,” lamented a crestfallen Gregory Rafael after his twin sons died due to Covid-19.
Born three minutes apart, the two brothers, Joefred Varghese Gregory and Ralfred George Gregory, died within hours of each other.

The second wave of Covid-19 has hit the country with unparalleled rage, devastating lives everywhere. One such heart-wrenching story has emerged from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh.

The twins, both engineers, tested positive for the virus a day after they turned 24 on April 23. The Gregorys’ third son, who is the eldest, has also tested positive for Covid-19.

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The twins were admitted to Anand Hospital on May 1 and tested negative for the virus on May 10.

Tragedy came calling on the family when Gregory Rafael and his wife — both teachers at the St Thomas School in Meerut — received a call at 11 pm on May 13 from the hospital about the death of Joefred Varghese Gregory. Joefred complained of breathing issues earlier that day.

Metres away, Ralphred was at the same hospital battling for his life. His condition also deteriorated, and he passed away on May 14.

The brothers were working from home in Meerut. The parents said even though the twins recovered from Covid-19, the infection had spread to their lungs and worsened their condition.

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