The 31-year-old Lini Sajeesh, who was a dedicated nurse, breathed her last on Monday, days after being infected by Nipah virus, a deadly viral fever which has left parts of Northern Kerala scared. Lini’s goodbye letter to her husband Sajeesh is what is left behind now. She asks for forgiveness for not being able to meet him one last time. She also asks her husband to take care of their two children. The emotional letter written by Lini has been widely shared on social media and has moved many in tears, she writes, “Sajeeshetta, am almost on the way. I don’t think I will be able to see you again. Sorry. Please take care of our children. Poor Kunju ( son), please take him to the Gulf with you. Don’t leave them and go like (my) father did. Please. With lots of love…” Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Number of Total Cases Crosses 1,45,000 | Why Situation in Kerala is Worrying
The mother-of-two (aged 7 and 2), contracted the deadly virus while attending two brothers, who later died of the illness, the first confirmed cases of fatalities in Kerala due to Nipah. Lini had to be cremated even before her family could get one last glimpse of her because of fears the virus could spread. Also Read - Rise in Cases Expected, Says Pinarayi Vijayan as Kerala Sees Highest Single-Day Spike, 14-Day Quarantine Must For Air Travellers
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said nurse Lini Puthussery’s “selfless service will be remembered”. Also Read - ‘Highly Risky to Bring Back Indians From Abroad Without COVID-19 Tests,’ Kerala CM Writes to PM Modi
Dr. Deepu Sebin, chief executive of DailyRounds, a network of doctors tweeted, “A nurse who took care of a #NIPHAVirus patients & succumbed to same. Her body was cremated with extreme urgency to prevent any possible spread and even her family could not pay due respect. Respect to Lini & a reminder that healthcare workers take the immense personal risk to serve us”.
The Nipah virus outbreak in northern parts of Kerala has claimed up to 10 lives in the past 48 hours, with some casualties arising from the same families.