Family names delayed hospitalisation as reason behind 19-year-old covid patient’s death

The family of Tekla Tordia, 19, claim their daughter would not have died if she were provided medical care from the very beginning when she tested positive for COVID-19. Photo:, 01 Dec 2020 - 21:13, Tbilisi,Georgia

The family of 19-year-old Tekla Tordia, who has died of coronavirus, claims the death was caused by delayed hospitalisation. 

Tekla’s mother Irma Tordia told Rustavi 2 TV that her daughter was initially sent to a special Covid-hotel which did not even have medical oxygen, but the family was told that there were no places at hospitals. 

They eventually managed to take Tekla to German Hospital after one of the employees (who was also staying at the same Covid-hotel) called there, her mother said.  

Tekla's father Rati Tordia believes if his daughter did not have diabetes she would not have suffered that much. Photo: Shot from Rustavi 2 video

Rustavi 2 has cited Director of German Hospital Ekaterine Loria saying that the patient’s condition was assessed as ‘critical‘ upon delivery. She was placed in the intensive care unit but the diabetes had worsened her condition. 

The management of Covid-hotel has meanwhile claimed that the teen was sent to hospital as soon as her condition worsened. 

Deputy Health Minister Tamar Gabunia also told Rustavi 2 that the coronavirus-related protocol considers hospitalisation of individuals with underlying diseases.

Therefore, Gabunia said, the ministry will study the case of the19-year-old to find out if the fatality was caused by any type of a delay.