Chinnammu Bhadran, of the Four-cent colony at Mandiram near Ranni, who has reportedly crossed 120 years was honoured by the local MLA, Raju Abraham, at her residence on the International Day for Older Persons on Tuesday.
The MLA, accompanied by the Ranni-based Karunya Charitable leaders, and the grama panchayat health standing committee chairman, P. R. Prasad, reached the Four-cent colony in the forenoon. He handed over a waterbed sponsored by the trust to Chinnammu who has been bedridden for the past few months.
Chinnammu who was a farm worker has been a familiar face to the people of Ranni as she used to walk three to four km every day till she was bedridden with viral fever a few months ago. She presently stays with her grandchildren, Chandran and Omanakkuttan. She claims to have crossed 125 years and the MLA said her age should be determined through a fusion test. Mr. Abraham urged the government to take necessary steps to provide free medical aid and food to all elderly persons. The MLA also urged the Health Minister V. S. Sivakumar to extend urgent medical care to the ailing Chinnammu at her residence. He said the VKL Group chairman Varghese Kurien has promised to construct a house for Chinnammu and has already handed over Rs 1 lakh for the same. A business group in Ranni has announced that they would supply free food to the family members for the next six months as a recognition for the care they have given to the elderly woman all these years.
Chinnammu’s husband, Bhadran, died 40 years ago. Four of her nine children have also died. The family tree of Chinnammu-Bhadran couple has got as many as 100 members in five generations.
P. R. Prasad, panchayat standing committee (health) chairman, and K. R. Prakash, Karunya Charitable Trust secretary, also accompanied the MLA to the colony.