Kanjirappally: To her patients, this nun is a white-winged angel who addresses their agony and distress with caring touch and comforting words.
Meet sister Helen, a staff nurse at the Mary Queens Mission Hospital, 26th Mile, in Kanjirappally, who provides a sense of comfort and reassurance to patients while ensuring that they are getting the best medical care possible.
The 83-year-old, who has been in this noble profession for about six decades, seeks the face of God in everyone she serves regardless of their caste or creed.
‘Serving the needy is as same as worshiping the Lord’, is her life motto.
Interestingly, sister Helen, who has been helping others and saving lives for decades, had to seek medical help for herself only once! Last December, she got admitted to the hospital after her blood pressure shot up and was advised rest for a week by the doctors.
For over 57 years, she has been dedicating her energy and time to provide a calming effect in the lives of accident victims and people suffering from various diseases. At present, she works in the critical care unit at the hospital.
It was eventful, she says, looking back at her long career.
Once a woman turned violent after her child died of some serious illness. In a fit of rage sparked by the unbearable loss, she assaulted sister Helen, but instead of protecting herself, she stood silently, understanding the feelings of a mother who lost her child. After a while, the mother calmed down and apologized to the sister personally.
Born on October 10, 1934, as the third of the fourteen children of the late Chennappadi Muttath Thomas-Annamma couple, she joined the Mary Queens Mission Hospital under the Eparchy of Kanjirapally in 1960 on successful completion of her nursing course.
In 1985, she went to Germany and worked as a nurse there before returning to her native land after a couple of years.
In 2004, the golden jubilee of her Veiling Ceremony was observed.
Sister Helen believes it is God’s blessings, daily prayers and punctuality that help keep her mind and body active and healthy.