India’s first female cardiologist, Dr SI Padmavati, passed away due to COVID-19 on Saturday night.
Called as the ‘Godmother of Cardiology’, Padmavati was 103. Her last rites were performed at Punjabi Bagh crematorium in New Delhi.
According to reports, she was admitted to the National Heart Institute (NHI) 11 days ago, and developed a severe infection in both her lungs, causing her death.
Dr Padmavati founded NHI in 1981. Up until 2015, she is said to have worked 12 hours every day for five days a week. She was a pioneer in cardiology research in India.
Born in Burma, now Myanmar in 1917, she migrated to India during World War II, in 1942. She was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1967 and Padma Vibhushan in 1992.