A legendary doctor, Dr. M. S. Lakshmi Kumari passed away on August 30 and the tributes to her from her friends and well-wishers are plenty, wholesome and warm.
Known as a great obstetrician and gynaecologist who kept a low-profile, she was a resident of CIT Colony.
Dr. Kumari is known to legions of families because she oversaw deliveries for decades. She was known to be highly knowledgeable and professional, strict and a disciplinarian and one who encouraged her team to maintain records and her clients to be disciplined.
The doctor was also known for her deep knowledge of Sanskrit and authored books translating the works of Sri Vedanta Desikar.
Here are excerpts from tributes people paid on social media –
“She was active till a few days ago….she was an inspiration to all women,” said Akilandeswari Sivaramakrishnan.
“She was an inspiring person,” said Divya Samvit R.
“I was her patient in 1976 and my sister was so in 1973. She was strict with her patients asking them to bring their files,” said Uma Natarajan.
“She was an expert as well as a simple lady and very religious. She was a staunch devotee of Sri Srinivasa Perumal,” said Uma Maheswari.
“She was a perfectionist and she loved dogs too,” said Maya Vasu.
“She made my first experience of labour so easy with her smile,” said Aruna Balachandra.
“My twin brother and I were born at Kalyani Nursing home in 1965….just when the delivery was due, Dr Kalyani left for Ooty on a planned trip and she left my mother in the care of Dr Kumari who stayed with mother through the night and helped her have a safe delivery,” said Asha Balaji.
“She was our family gynaecologist and a strict disciplinarian….she always insisted that patients maintain their files, with all the reports and prescriptions so make it easy for her or any other doctor to access the records. She was also very kind…I recall a time when I was four and was with my mother in the hospital…she noticed I was hungry and served me pooris..and asked me if I knew the ‘Aditya Hridayam’ and when I shook my head she asked me to learn it. Months later, when my brother as born she asked me if I now knew the ‘Aditya Hridayam’ and said she would allow me to see my baby brother if I recited a stanza, ” recalled Aishwarya Bhargav.
“She asked my wife to sing ‘ Kural ondrum illai’ during her delivery . . .she was a legend,” said Mahesh Vasudevanallur.