The amiable nurse

by Fr. Nascimento Mascarenhas

Had Ermelinda Fatima dos Remedios been alive, she would be celebrating her 59th birthday today.  Ermelinda was affectionately known as Emmie, and when she returned home from Bahrain or Bangalore to Saligao, she always made it a point to visit me, accompanied by her beloved parents and sister Effie. I remember well how we used to share all our anxieties and concerns, successes and failures, during those visits. 

This was before her untimely death in December 2000, when she left this world to be among the blessed in heaven. Emmie was the daughter of Caetano António dos Remédios and Apolónia (Apolin) dos Remédios from Tabravaddo-Mollembhatt. Emmie was born in Dar-er-Salaam in East Africa on April 13, 1953. She did her basic schooling there and higher education at Lourdes Convent High School in Saligao. Always a pleasant and good tempered person, she was a picture of joy and friendliness at home, in the village, school and hospital.

After completing her SSC she underwent the Diploma Course in General Nursing and Midwifery at the well known school of Nursing at St. Martha’s Hospital, Bangalore, from 1970 to 1973. She was awarded the trophy for the best outgoing student of the institution in 1973 on the basis of excellent all-round performance, academics and extra-curricular activities. “In the SNA, she displayed activity, dynamism and leadership of an excellent order,” says The Nursing Journal of Trained Nurses Association (TNAI), New Delhi.

After qualifying as a nurse, she worked in a large hospital in Bahrain. Within a few years she was promoted as Ward Sister. She worked in that capacity until June 1989 but her heart drew her back to her Alma Mater. She returned to St. Martha’s Hospital where she joined as a Senior Ward Sister of the General Maternity Section and NICU in June 1989. She held this position with great competence until 17th December 2000, only 11 days before death took her away, after a brave battle with a terminal illness.

A life member of TNAI, she was an outstanding officer and a fine human being. “The special objects of her concern were the poor patients in the General Maternity who could always count on her sympathy and care. Her beautiful memory and example, however remain to provide a source of abiding inspiration to the entire Nursing service of St. Martha’s Hospital,” says the Nursing Journal of India.

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