Corona: grandma and grandpa dead, father in a coma: the virus destroyed my family


Mamdouh Butt (25) kneels sadly between the graves of his grandparents Fahmida (77) and Mohammad Butt (81).

The couple had been married for 55 years. Both died of Corona within two days in early April. Mamdouh’s father Waseem (46) is in the intensive care unit in an artificial coma, fighting for his life. “Corona destroyed my family,” says Mamdouh.


Fahmida († 77) and Mohammad Butt († 81) died of the virus within two days

Fahmida (77) and Mohammad Butt (81) died of the virus within two daysPhoto: Andreas Arnold

The tragedy began in March: within a short time, the entire family, who come from Pakistan and run an Asian shop in Heidelberg, contracted Corona.

Who got it first Where and from whom was this person infected? Mamdouh doesn’t know: “We were always very careful in our shop, always wearing masks and keeping our distance.”

But what he does know: It was the highly contagious British mutant. It happened very quickly, then the whole family was sick!

Mamdouh, his three siblings (11, 22, 24) and their mother (46) suffered from fever and body aches and got off lightly. His father and grandparents were hit hard, it happened in quick succession:

“My father had breathing problems and had to go to the clinic on March 18th. He was transferred to the intensive care unit three days later. Shortly afterwards I received the call that my father can no longer breathe on his own and is in an artificial coma! “


Mamdouh and his father Waseem (46) at an event in October 2020. The father is currently in an artificial coma

Mamdouh and his father Waseem (46) at an event in October 2020. The father is currently in an artificial comaPhoto: Andreas Arnold

It is the day the grandparents came to the clinic with a high fever. Three days later, both are put into an artificial coma and connected to ventilators.

Mamdouh says quietly: “Calls came again. You didn’t make it. My grandmother died on April 8th and my grandfather a day later. ”Both were buried in the Muslim section of Mannheim’s main cemetery.

And the father is still in the intensive care unit!


Corona: grandma and grandpa dead, father in a coma: the virus destroyed my family
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Mamdouh: “Corona is unpredictable. My father was always in top shape and my grandpa was an energetic person who, despite his age, was still in our shop every day. He had already got the first corona vaccination with Biontech. He fell ill three days before the second vaccination. “

Mamdouh winces every time his phone rings. Is it the clinic? Mamdouh: “I am constantly afraid of getting news of death again. The hell!”

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