Dr S Padmavati, India’s first female cardiologist passed away at the age of 103 on Sunday (30th August) due to COVID-19.
For the uninitiated, Dr Padmavati was born in 1917 in Myanmar (was then called Burma) and she went on to become an eminent cardiologist who was popularly also known as ”God Mother of Cardiology”.
She came to India in 1942, during the World War II and she graduated from the Rangoon Medical College before going overseas for higher education. After returning to India, she joined as the faculty at the Lady Hardinge Medical College.
In 1962, she founded the All India Heart Foundation and also set up National Heart Institute in 1981 as a tertiary care modern heart hospital in Delhi with the first cardiac catheterisation laboratory in the private sector in the Southern Hemisphere.
In 1954, she set up the first cardiac clinic and cardiac cath lab in North India. She was an amazing, inspiring personality who worked 12 hours a day, 5 days a week; even at the age of 103.
My humble tributes on the passing away of Dr SI Padmavati, a Padma Vibhushan awardee, she was India’s 1st woman cardiologist & established the 1st cardiac clinic & cath lab in India ! An amazing personality who worked till the age of 103, twelve hours a day & five days a week ! pic.twitter.com/uLYZgGBa6d
— ʀᴏꜱʜᴀɴ ᴀɢʀᴀᴡᴀʟ (@RoshanAgrawal98) August 30, 2020
For her contributions to the development of cardiology in India, she was awarded Fellowship of the American College of Cardiology and FAMS. She was also honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1967 and Padma Vibhushan in 1992 by the Government of India.
People on Twitter also paid their respects.
My humble tribute to Dr SI Padmavati, Director of Delhi’s National Heart Institute & Founder Prez, All India Heart Foundation.
A Padma Vibhushan awardee, she was India’s 1st woman cardiologist & established the 1st cardiac clinic & cath lab in N India !@MoHFW_INDIA @PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/S9lRBuMUL5
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) August 30, 2020
Dr S Padmavati founder of National heart institute and a great Cardiologist died yesterday at the age of 103 years. 50-60 years before when there used to be few in number cardiologist, Padmavati had the best hand to open your heart and tell’ये दिल चाहता क्या है’@LangaMahesh
— Pravesh Jain (@PRAVESHPARAS) August 31, 2020
SI Padmavati: India’s 1st female cardiologist dies of Covid at 103.
RIP 🙏🏼🙏🏼 and the legacy lives on.. https://t.co/4Pb2ghDnPB
— Anju Bhardwaj MD FACC (@docbhardwaj) August 31, 2020
Dr Padmavati developed pneumonia in both lungs and needed ventilator support but, she sustained a cardiac arrest and passed away on Sunday.
May her soul rest in peace.