Nurse taking care of Nipah patients dies; death toll rises


NATIONAL | May 22, 2018 (TNN):

Lini (31), the nurse at Perambra Taluk Hospital who died on Monday after possibly getting exposed to the deadly virus while tending to a Nipah virus +infected patient, died without even getting a chance to bid adieu to her loved ones, including her two kids and husband.

With Lini's death, the toll has now gone up to 10. On Sunday, the toll had risen to nine with the death of six more persons who had shown symptoms of the disease. Of this, two deaths were reported from Kozhikode and four from Malappuram district.

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The stamp of sacrifice was there at her funeral, too. Her family from Chembanoda region near Peruvannamuzhi allowed the health department to cremate at an electric crematorium in the city without taking the body home to avoid the spread of the virus. "In her last days, she realised she had contacted a possibly-fatal infection after the youth from Changaroth — whom she had attended to in the initial stages — died. She lived to help others and her death has become a sacrifice," said her maternal uncle V Balan.

Her two children, Sidharth (5) and Rithul (2), couldn't give their mother one last kiss. On hearing that Lini was sick, her husband Sajeesh had come home from the Gulf two days ago.

 Rajeev Sadanandan, additional chief secretary, department of health & family welfare, said the virus was confirmed in tests conducted at a Pune institute on samples of the three deceased from a family at Changaroth. He said the department has not been able to ascertain the extent of the spread of the disease as the virus has an incubation period of four to 18 days. Tourism minister Kadakampally Surendran condoled her death and shared on Facebook the final letter she wrote to her husband.
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