Humans of Safe Care, Saving Lives
This is the sixth in a series of profiles of the dedicated individuals behind the Safe Care, Saving Lives project. Safe Care, Saving Lives is a quality improvement project to improve neonatal care in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
“I was born and raised in Kurnool, a city in Andhra Pradesh. I have had a deep and abiding interest in education since my childhood. My father recognized my abilities and encouraged me to pursue a career in medicine. He was my best friend and my greatest strength through my formative years.
I completed my Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (MB,BS) degrees from Narayana Medical College, Nellore, and married soon after. Three months after my marriage, I lost my father in an accident. The guiding light of my life was gone. I am lucky to have a supportive husband who helped me through that time. My mother, too, has been very supportive. I am able to pursue my Master’s in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Government Medical College, Kurnool, because of her. She takes care of my children while I take care of newborns and children in need of critical medical care.
I have had a blessed life in terms of the opportunities that I have had.
My greatest misfortune has been that I was not able to do anything for my father. My father always believed in helping neighbors and friends. He instilled in me this concept of the ‘larger family.’ I wish to carry forward his legacy. I have chosen to pursue his principles so that a part of him will be with me forever.”