When Sister Jude Emmy Rose, a native of Malayattoor, which is a village in the Ernakulam district, was appointed to work at the Fatima Hospital located in the village of Maunath Bhanjan in Uttar Pradesh by the Medical Sisters of St Joseph in 1977, it was nothing more than a little dispensary that was frequented by those who were in their final stage of their disease.
In a span of 40 years, she has singlehandedly managed to change the face of the little dispensary to a fully operational hospital that has 352 beds along with all kinds of medical departments under its jurisdiction.
And it is in recognition of her hard work and dedication that has saved countless women and babies from precarious and perilous deliveries, that the Uttar Pradesh government has honoured the selfless woman with the Rani Laxmi Bai Award for her exemplary services in the medical field.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently presented the award to the 76-year-old.
One could say fate conspired in an interesting manner in Sister Jude’s life. Since she was a child, she was inclined towards the idea of leading a holy life, and her dream led her to pursue Gynaecology from Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi and subsequently take up the reins of Fatima Hospital.
With no sleep or break, Sister (now Doctor) Jude took on every single case that came along her way to the extent of attending 382 patients on a single day!
Her ceaseless commitment to her work finally had the mother superior of Mau Diocese, and one of the founding members of the hospital, put a 200 patient per day limit on doctors to lessen the impossible burden on Sister Jude who wouldn’t have stopped otherwise.
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Also known as Mother Teresa of Mau, Sister Jude’s dedication is the ultimate epitome of compassion and service to humanity for the underprivileged people in the region. The septuagenarian only takes a week off every year from her fully occupied professional life to visit her family in Kerala once every year.
While Sister Jude might not have attained the dream that she had once envisioned, she is nothing less of a saint for the numerous people she has saved in the course of the last 40 years, using her healing powers.
A salute to the unstoppable woman of steel, who would always choose a patient in distress over herself any day.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)