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Gynae nun who assisted 50,000 deliveries dies 

By: Smitha George

Kottayam,Kerala: Eminent gynaecologist and former medical superintendent and head of the gynecology department of the Little Lourdes Mission Hospital, Kidangoor in Kottayam district, died Nov 16. She was 65.

Dr Sister Mary Marcellus was undergoing treatment in a private hospital in Ernakulam after suffering critical injuries in an accident.

Sr Marcellus. who belongs to Sisters of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (SVM) congregation, was the first nun to join a government run medical college in Kerala. She joined the MBBS course in Medical College in Kottayam on merit in 1974. After her graduation, Sr Marcellus worked at Caritas Hospital in Kottayam for 2 years.

Afterwards she joined Trinity College in Dublin in Ireland where she won the Gold Medal in Diploma in Gynecology and Obstetrics . Sr Marcellus was a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, UK. She worked at different hospitals in UK and Ireland before returning to Kerala in 1991.

On her return, she joined Little Lourdes Mission Hospital managed by Kottayam archdiocese. She worked there for 26 years.

In her professional career , Sr Marcellus has reportedly assisted at least 50,000 deliveries. She opposed abortion, artificial family planning methods, artificial infertility treatments and even banned artificial feeds for babies. She believed that neither doctors nor parents had the right to interfere with God’s plans.

In a recent interview to a television channel, Sr Marcellus shared that she had great satisfaction in her 36 years of service and felt God’s guiding hand all along her career. Her motto in life was ‘By the grace of God I am what I am’.

Sr Marcellus will be laid to rest at Kidangoor on Nov 18.

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4 Responses to Gynae nun who assisted 50,000 deliveries dies

  1. Merlin

    Mr. Thomas I think you donot know this Nun very well. You may read other posts about her. Very inappropriate comment at this occasion. She used to drive her car herself years ago.She is very respectful and educated and devoted sister. You need to apologize for your inappropriate comment .

     
  2. Thomas Sebastian

    I write these things as I do not think this sister’s soul will rest in peace a you have demanded or prayed. In fact it is easy to write hagiography like this article. It takes more effort to examine things critically. You have not addressed the point I have raised namely why the sister had to die an untimely death. If her time and job is so valuable to the society her life should have been taken care off better. Bishops and priests are more valued by the spiritual market that is why they live in luxurious palaces and enjoy luxury travel. Poor nuns even if they are doctors have a slavish life.

     
  3. Dr.Cajetan Coelho

    Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon Sister Mary Marcellus.

     
  4. Thomas Sebastian

    I understand that she died while running to catch a bus. Have you seen priests taking buses in recent years. In old days they did. Nuns though very useful as cheap labour to the Catholic church would not provide them with the necessary things to carry on their task saving money and increasing profits. Now you say the catholic church will remember her contributions. I wish if the Catholic church remembered to treat nuns better by improving and equal facilities as they give to priests.

     
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