Mum-of-two Smitha Patil, 37, was admitted to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham in the early hours of Saturday October 9 – but while awaiting treatment her condition deteriorated and she started vomiting before collapsing on the floor
Image: Phani Krishna Pamarthy)
A mum-of-two died suddenly in hospital after complaining of an “unusual” thirst and a dry throat.
Smitha Patil, 37, was rushed to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham in the early hours of Saturday October 9.
Her husband dropped her off before taking their two young children to stay with a friend.
But while he was away Smitha’s condition rapidly deteriorated.
She began vomiting in the waiting room before collapsing on the floor, Birmingham Live reports.
Sadly the 37-year-old had died by the time her husband returned at 6.30am on Saturday morning.
Family friend Phani Krishna Pamarthy told Birmingham Live : “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.
“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.”
She was well-known in the local community for supporting others from India to settle in the UK.
Paying tribute to his friend, Phani 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.”
A fundraising page set up to pay for Smitha’s funeral costs and for the repatriation of her body to India has raised over £23,000 in four days.
Any funds left over will go towards supporting her two children.
To donate, visit the Go Fund Me page here.