- Lini Puthussery, a nurse, died after treating Nipah patient in Kozhikode
- Lini worked tirelessly though she wasn't well herself said her husband
- Nursing is a tough job and I am proud of my wife: Sajeesh, Lini's husband
Mr Sajeesh, who works in Bahrain, rushed back on Sunday but got to see his wife for just two minutes. Lini Puthussery died on Sunday night.
"On Sunday morning, I went to the hospital to see her. She had the oxygen mask on, so we could not speak. I could see her for two minutes. I kept my hand on her. She was conscious," Mr Sajeesh told NDTV.
Nursing is a tough job and I am proud of my wife, he said, recalling how Lini was true to the call of duty, working tirelessly though she herself wasn't keeping well.
In her last message, Lini had written a note to her husband, asking him to take care of their two children. The note, which has been shared widely on the social media, reached Mr Sajeesh after Lini's death though it was handed over to his cousin a day before.
Lini had begun preparing for a permanent government nursing job to ensure stability for her family but she also spent time with her two children, aged 5 and 2. Both of them are still waiting for their mother.
The Kerala government on Wednesday announced a government job for Lini's husband and Rs 10 lakh rupees each to her children. "I am very thankful to the state government for the job. I need it for my children," said Mr Sajeesh.
At the Perambra taluk hospital, where Lini worked, colleagues are heart-broken but inspired by her dedication.
"When the first patient with Nipah came, we treated him as a case of viral fever. Who knew of Nipah at that time? She (Lini) was faithful to her job. Today, we have all protection gear and treat patients thinking of Lini. Not one more must die," said Shiny Mol with tears in her eyes.
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