Irinjalakuda: Her indomitable spirit to not give up on things and engage in what she loves the most in the face of adversity is appreciated by many.
Stella, who is paralysed from chest down, makes it a point to teach school children mathematics from her sick bed, and her teacher husband, Varghese, gives ample support to her.
Stella was a math teacher at St John’s High School in Andheri, Mumbai but was forced to return to her home town in Madayikonam near here as her health conditions worsened. Stella’s health problems started after complications in administering anaesthesia during her childbirth. A viral infection in her spinal cord slowly paralysed her body from chest down. Her daughter, who is now 18-years-old, was born differently-abled and is now studying in a special school.
Though Varghese sourced all his savings to treat Stella, there was no improvement in her health. Now, the family is living in a rented house at Madayikonam near here. Their only income is the rent from their house in Mumbai. Many lend a hand for the treatment of Stella.
The teacher couple used to run a centre to teach destitute children in Mumbai. Though their students are occupying plum positions in various organizations, the duo hasn't informed them of their present situation.
Malayala Manorama Nallapadam coordinator Sumathi of the SN HS School in Irinjalakuda brings children to Stella for their math classes.