Staff at the state-run Osmania general hospital were moved to tears on Sunday night. A five-year-old boy lay fast asleep alongside his mother's dead body, unaware that she had passed on.

Around 11.30 pm the woman, Sameena Sultana, 36, resident of Katedan, was dumped at the hospital along with her son by her live-in partner. She was suffering from a cardiac-related problem and was in a critical state.

Her husband, Ayoob, had deserted her three years ago.

Imran Mohammed a relief volunteer with Helping Hand Foundation (HHF) told New Indian Express, “The doctors tried Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and other means to stabilise her condition. But she died. But the boy did not understand what happened, refused to leave his mother and slept by her body.”

What was really heart-wrenching was when the boy, Shoaib, continued to cling onto his mother's body even after being told that she had died.

Hospital staff lodged a medico-legal case and informed Mailardevarapally police.  Police traced relatives of the woman in Zaheerabad of Medak district from the Aadhaar number on the card in her bag. Speaking to TOI, inspector P Jagadeeshwar said, "We handed over the boy to Sameena's brother Mushtaq Patel. There is no foul play and the autopsy report also revealed death due to cardiac arrest."