While trying to attend to her ill son, a woman slipped on the stairs -- which reportedly led to both her and her husband’s deaths.
On July 4, 68-year-old Manjula Vithlani from Rajkot, India, heard that her son, Ashish, was suffering from a breathing problem, according to the Times of India. Ashish and his wife, Nisha, reportedly lived on the floor above Vithlani and her husband, Natvarlal, in the Ramdham Society bungalow.
At the time of the incident, both Vithlani and Natvarlal rushed to check on their son’s health after Nisha came downstairs to get medicine for him around 4:00 a.m., according to Rajkot Taluka police officials. However, Vithlani, who reportedly weighed about 280 pounds, lost her balance on the staircase and fell on top of her husband. Both were taken to a private hospital and ultimately died of cerebral hemorrhaging.
"The couple always remained anxious about their son's health," explained Pradhyuman Ravaiya, investigating officer with the Rajkot Taluka police, the Times of India reports. "On getting to know that he had taken ill, they tried to reach the first floor in too much hurry."
On the Times of India's Facebook pages, the comments were split between those who were upset that the wife’s weight was believed to have played a role in their deaths and those who thought the incident was amusing.
"He died of hemorrhage from falling and being crushed under his wife, even a [22-pound] packet falls from a height your neck might snap or trigger internal bleeding causing death," wrote Animesh Mishra.
"Not funny..She must have known it was difficult for her to go upstairs...still just for her son she was ready to take that pain of climbing," wrote Kumar Dibyesh. "I am sure she would not have ever thought of going upstairs if it were only about herself..that's the beauty of a mother. She died out of [love] for her son..my heart also goes out for her son."