Kerala Nurse Died After Treating Nipah Patient, Left Heartbreaking Note

Lini Puthussery, 31, died due to Nipah virus infection. She was in the team that treated the first victim of the Nipah virus in Kerala's Kozhikode

Kerala Nurse Died After Treating Nipah Patient

“I am almost on my way, take care of our children…” a young nurse in Kerala scribbled in a note for her husband, in a hospital isolation unit for victims of the deadly new Nipah virus. Lini Puthussery, 31, couldn’t see her family one last time. She was cremated quickly on Monday so the infection wouldn’t spread.

Lini had two little children, aged seven and two. She was in the team that treated the first victim of the virus at Perambara hospital in Kozhikode.

“Saji Chetta, I am almost on my way. I don’t think I will be able to see you. Sorry. Take care of our children properly. Our innocent child, take him to the gulf. They shouldn’t be alone like our father. Lots of love…” she wrote in the note that has been widely shared on social media and has moved many to tears.

“Nurse Lini died in our battle against the Nipah virus. She died trying to save patients infected by it. She was just 31 and was a mother of two little kids. If she is not a martyr, I don’t know who is,” tweeted Dr Deepu Sebin, chief executive of DailyRounds, a network of doctors.

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