Veteran in cancer care, Dr. V Shanta passes away at 93

Veteran in cancer care, Dr. V Shanta passes away at 93

On Tuesday, the founder of Cancer institute, Dr. V Shanta died in Chennai. She was 93 years old and was a very well known name in the Indian medical fraternity. She was not only the chairperson of Adyar Cancer Institute but also a senior oncologist.

Dr V Shanta had played a very important role along with with Dr Krishnamoorthy in the development of the cancer Institute. breathed her last on Tuesday at a private hospital in Chennai. She had chest pains on Monday night, after which she was admitted to the hospital. The doctors attempted at angio procedure to revive her, but unfortunately it did not succeed. The cremation is expected to take place at the Besant Nagar crematorium by 5pm Tuesday. Dr. Shanta lived her life for the welfare of others and her mortal remains are kept at the Old Cancer Institute building, so that people can pay respect. Her mortal remains would be laid to rest with Police honors.

According to the people who were close to Dr. Shanta, she was suffering from breathlessness from last two days and had been fitted with a pacemaker long ago, owing to cardiac issues. It was confirmed that the veteran was not infected of COVID-19 because she did not meet anyone over the last 9 months or so.

She was a prominent person who worked hard to establish the Adyar Cancer Institute. Earlier, the institute was just small hospital with 12 beds but now due to her contributions, the institution has an international reputation.

The institute paid tribute to its chairperson and said, “Her entire medical life over 50 years has been dedicated to the mission of organizing care of cancer patients, the study of the disease, its prevention and control, the generation of specialists and scientists in different aspects of Oncologic Sciences.” 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to twitter and condoled her death. He wrote, “”Dr V Shanta will be remembered for her outstanding efforts to ensure top quality cancer care. The Cancer Institute at Adyar, Chennai is at the forefront of serving the poor and downtrodden. I recall my visit to the Institute in 2018. Saddened by Dr V Shanta’s demise. Om Shanti.”

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, paid her tribute and wrote, “…Forever in service of the poor and needy, she lived in a room within the hospital premises, with the singular mission of cancer cure…”

Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan wrote in his condolence message, “As Chairwoman of the Cancer Institute at Adyar, Chennai, she championed the cause of providing health to those without wealth…,”

Dr. V Shanta made cancer care accessible to a whole lot of people in India.  Chess legend, Vishwanathan Anand had recalled on Twitter that his mother was among those who were treated by Dr. Shanta.

The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam presenting the Padma Bhushan Award in 2006 to the Chairperson of the Cancer Institute, Chennai, Dr. (Ms.) V. Shanta, in New Delhi on March 20, 2006.

On March 11th 1927, she was born to a family of Nobel Laureates in Physics, in Chennai. In 1986, she was awarded with Padma Shri and in 2006, she was awarded with Padma Bhushan. She also received Padma Vibhushan and the Ramon Magsaysay awards. She will always be remembered for her contributions towards making quality and affordable cancer treatment accessible for the underprivileged people.

 

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