Dubai: Tragedy struck an Indian couple who came to Dubai for a week on their first foreign trip together when the wife collapsed and died of a heart attack while visiting a prominent shopping mall, a media report said today.
Vasantha Reddi, 64, collapsed in the mall after experiencing chest pain, and later died while on her way to the hospital in an ambulance.
She had come to Dubai with her husband Sathyanarayana Reddi, 68, a Rotarian from Chennai on Wednesday to participate in a conference organised by the Rotary Foundation, Khaleej Times reported.
Several hundred delegates are in Dubai as part of a Rotary Institute programme in Dubai.
"We came to Dubai for the first time and my wife was quite happy. We were in Dubai Mall visiting various shops and taking pictures. All of a sudden, she felt uneasy and fainted. She wanted to rest as she was experiencing severe pain and we had to call an ambulance. While going to the hospital she died in the ambulance," said the bereaving husband.
Efforts are on to repatriate the body of Vasantha to Chennai, Reddi said.
The official death certificate says she died of cardiac arrest.
"She was happily clicking photographs and wanted me to pose in front of a posh car, because she knew my admiration for good cars. We clicked a photograph together, which is the last memory she left behind," Reddy said, adding that social workers and family friends are helping repatriate the body.
"She was in a holiday mood and was taking pictures of Christmas trees in the mall. My wife used to carry some medicines as she has some minor gastro problems and stomach problems. She was not seriously ill," he added.
"We were married for 39 years and this was our first foreign trip together. She is no more and I am flying back to Chennai with her body," the grieving Reddy said....