104-year-old's body donated

Family members donated her body to the Andhra Medical College.

Visakhapatnam: The family members of Duvvuri Lalitha, 104 years, who passed away on Saturday, donated her body to the Andhra Medical College, as per his last wish which would help medical students to gain knowledge of human anatomy. Both of her eyes were donated to the Mohisin Eye Bank in Vishakhapatnam.

Chairperson of SPECT and founder-president of All India Organ and Body Donors Association, Guduru Sita Mahalakshmi, said Ms Lalitha was the first woman from Vizag to acquire a BA (Honours) degree from the Madras Presidency even before Independence.

"Ms Lalitha, wife of late Duvvuri Venkata Ramamurthy, born on May 14, 1914, was a woman of substance. She was the daughter of former Chief Justice of Madras High Court (late) Vepa Ramesam and Lakshmi Narasamma. She was a violinist, drama artiste, sportsperson and an orator. During her tenure as the president of ASR Mahila Bhavan, she worked towards women empowerment and held various community events and she started cottage industries for women. With the help of Smt. Durgabai Deshmukh, she also ran a residential school for destitute women. She raised funds for flood victims on various occasions," added Ms Mahalakshmi.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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