Two weeks after mother’s death, Indian women cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy now loses sister to COVID-19

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Veda Krishnamurthy: Two weeks after mother’s death, Veda Krishnamurthy now loses sister to COVID-19: India’s international women cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy’s sister Vatsala Shivakumar has died due to COVID-19, two weeks after her mother succumbed to the dreaded virus. The 45-year-old died at a private hospital in Chikkamagaluru on Wednesday night.

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The all-rounder, who has been helping others through her social media by amplifying their requests for aid, had lost her mother Cheluvamba Devi last month. Veda has represented India in 48 ODIs and 76 T20s,

Veda Krishnamurthy’s sister, Vatsala Shivakumar, who was admitted in a hospital in Chikmagalur, around 245 kilometres from Bengaluru, is understood to have shown decided signs of improvement earlier this week, but she breathed her last around 5.45pm on Wednesday.

It is learnt that Vatsala, 42, had suffered severe lung infection as a result of Covid-19-induced pneumonia and was put on a ventilator the same day her mother, Cheluvamaba Devi, 67, died in Kadur, around 40 kilometres from Chikmagalur.

Veda Krishnamurthy: Two weeks after mother’s death, Veda Krishnamurthy now loses sister to COVID-19:

On April 24, the Bengaluru-based cricketer, who has represented India in 48 ODIs and 76 T20s, had tweeted about her mother’s demise while also informing that her sister too was battling for her life.

“Appreciate all the messages I have received about the loss of my Amma. As you can imagine my family is lost without her. We now pray for my sister.

“I have tested negative & appreciate if you can respect our privacy. My thoughts & prayers go out to those going through the  India is reeling under a devastating second wave of the pandemic with cases rising by over 3 lakh everyday, a crisis compounded by shortage of some crucial medicines and oxygen supplies