Two women held at Russian hospitals over coronavirus fears were so appalled by the poor conditions there, that they escaped — one by jumping out the window.
Both women were hospitalized after returning from Hainan, a tropical region in southern China popular with Russian tourists — about 1,000 miles south of Hubei province, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
One of them, who goes by GuzelNeder on Instagram, explained in a post last week that her son came down with a cough and a fever of 99.2 degrees four days after the family returned to their home in the city of Samara.
She called emergency services, who diagnosed the boy with a viral respiratory infection and said both mother and son must be hospitalized for coronavirus tests.
The hospital initially said results would be ready in three days — but then pushed it back to five, even though the boy’s condition was improving, the mom wrote. Hospital personnel obstructed her from pressing for results, she claimed.
Meanwhile, the woman said she spotted some medical personnel at the hospital coming into the isolation area without masks or throwing their protective clothing on the floor.
By her fifth day of quarantine, she said she wasn’t feeling well and took a home pregnancy test — which came back positive.
At that point, she was desperate to leave because of her pregnancy, and concerns about becoming infected. But the doctor said both mother and son still needed to complete the 14-day quarantine period — even if the virus test came back negative.
“My son was hysterical,” she wrote. “There was no exit for us other than to leave the hospital without authorization, through the window.”
Since her escape, police have questioned her at home, but no charges were reported.
“Everyone in my family is alive and healthy, thank God,” she wrote.
The other woman, Alla Ilyina, also took to Instagram about her hospital ordeal. She said she came down with a sore throat several days after returning to St. Petersburg from Hainan.
Medics brought her to a hospital for coronavirus testing, promising a 24-hour release. But the next day — even though she was told the test came back negative — she was informed she had to remain quarantined for two weeks.
“Wild,” Ilyina wrote. “All three tests showed I was completely healthy, so why the hell the quarantine?”
During her time in isolation, she had no books, shampoo or Internet, and the trash can in her room overflowed, she told the local Fontanka newspaper.
A desperate Ilyina then figured out how to short-circuit the electronic lock that kept her door closed — and made her escape.
“If I were sick, [the hospital and police] would have swamped me with phone calls,” she told Fontanka.
However, Russian media reported Thursday evening that the hospital reported Ilyina’s escape to police, and that a criminal investigation may be warranted.
It is unclear what hospitals the women were taken to neither would comment on their situation to The Associated Press.
Only two cases of the deadly bug — officially known as COVID-19 — have been reported in Russia. But authorities there have hospitalized hundreds of people returning from China as a precaution.
Worldwide, more than 60,000 people have been sickened by the disease and at least 1,357 have died — the majority in mainland China, according to reports.
With Post wires