The Jacksonville man loses his uncle in India to COVID as the nation struggles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The coronavirus outbreak in India hits some families in Jacksonville near their home.

Tanmay Bhatt, who lives in the river town, said his uncle fell ill with COVID in India and was taken to a hospital. He said he was stable for a while, but then his condition worsened and he died.

“He was relatively healthy. He had no underlying conditions, ”Bhatt told News4Jax on Saturday as he played with a heavy heart with his children in a Jacksonville playground. His thoughts have been with family members around the world in India dealing with the loss of his children, Uncle Chandresh Vyas.

The coronavirus outbreak in India is hitting some families in Jacksonville near their home. (WJXT)

Bhatt’s phone still contains the last conversation he had with his uncle while Chandresh was in the hospital on a ventilator.

Chandresh wrote, “I cannot speak. I have a mask. Thank you very much. “His last message to his family in Jacksonville:” I love you guys. “

“It’s just really heartbreaking to have it so close,” said Bhatt.

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Bhatt said he would miss his uncle’s smile most of all.

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