India’s first female cardiologist, Dr S Padmavati has died due to COVID-19. The 103 year old veteran was admitted at the National Heart Institute after she faced breathing difficulty and other issues.
“Dr S Padmavati, an eminent cardiologist, rather the first female cardiologist of India, popularly known as ‘God Mother of Cardiology’ passed away on August 29 due to COVID-19 infection,” the NHI said in a statement.
“Padmavati was admitted in the hospital after she faced breathing difficulty and fever. She developed pneumonia in both lungs and needed ventilator support. However, she sustained a cardiac arrest and passed away,” the NHI said.
The government of India conferred her Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan in 1967 and 1992, respectively for her contribution in the field of cardiology. She was born in Myanmar (previously called Burma) in 1917, just a year before the outbreak of Spanish Flu pandemic which killed at least 50 million people worldwide.
She graduated from Rangoon Medical College and went overseas for higher education. She returned to India in 1942 during world war-2. On her return to India, she joined as the faculty at the Lady Hardinge Medical College, the statement said.
Dr Padmavati founded the All India Heart Foundation in 1962. Later, in 1981, she founded the National Heart Institute which was inaugurated by the former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi.