Hero of Kerala: Lini Puthussery died treating Nipah patients

Lini Puthussery, a 31-year-old nurse died while saving a life of a patient who was suffering from the Nipah Virus. Lini died on Sunday, and could not meet her family as she was infected by Nipah. Kerala Chief Minister and Health Minister have hailed her sacrifice as a supreme selfless service. Government has taken series of steps to support the family of the nurse who died of infection while taking care of Nipah virus affected patients. Her husband, Sajeesh, will be given government job. 10 lakhs will be deposited to the account of each of her two children

Hero of Kerala: Lini Puthussery died treating Nipah patients
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“Sajeeshetta, am almost on the way. I don’t think I can meet you again. Sorry. Please look after our little ones and take them to Gulf. They shouldn’t be alone like our father. With lots of love and kisses” –  Lini Puthussery

These are the last words from Lini Puthussery, a 31-year-old nurse from Kerala’s Perambra, who laid her life in the line of duty while saving the lives of patients, who were affected with the deadly ‘Nipah virus.’

Lini died on Sunday night, after losing her battle with the deadly Nipah virus. But, while she was being treated in the ICU, she managed to pen a very emotional letter to her husband.


Lini has been survived by husband Sajeeshetta and two sons Nitul (5) and Sidhartha (2) years old.

Lini who was attached to Perambara’s Tukul hospital was amongst the first to join the duty when the deadly Nipah virus outbreak was confirmed in Kerala. Lini did not even think twice before throwing herself in the line of duty to save the lives of the patients.

Kerala CM Pirayani Vijayan also paid his tributes to Lini Puthuserry on twitter.

Kerala CMO office tweeted,

K Shailaja, Health Minister of Kerala while speaking to the press said, “Lini died after attending a patient suffering from Nipah Virus. We duly remember her commitment toward the duty and the sacrifice. She was infected with Nipah, while attending a patient and later she died due to the Nipah virus.”

What is Nipah virus?

  • Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging disease which can be transmitted to humans from animals. The natural host of the virus are fruit bats.
  • The infection was first identified in 1999 during an outbreak of encephalitis and respiratory illness among pig farmers and people with close contact with pigs in Malaysia and Singapore.
  • Nearly 300 human cases with over 100 deaths were reported in that outbreak. In order to stop it, more than a million pigs were euthanised, causing tremendous trade loss for Malaysia.
  • Nipah virus infection can be prevented by avoiding exposure to sick pigs and bats in endemic areas and not drinking raw date palm sap.
  • Symptom of the infection include fever, headache, drowsiness, respiratory illness, disorientation and mental confusion. These signs and symptoms can progress to coma within 24-48 hours.
  • There is no vaccine for either humans or animals.

(Source: WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)