Congress President and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Sunday met with a 72-year-old retired nurse, Rajamma Vavathil, who was present during his birth and held him as a newborn 49 years ago at a Delhi hospital.
She was a trainee nurse at Delhi's Holy Family Hospital and had taken care of Rahul as a newborn who was born on 19 June 1970.
Rahul met Rajamma and her family despite busy schedule
Despite a busy schedule, Rahul met Rajamma and her family at a guest house in Kozhikode Sunday morning.
The retired nurse couldn't contain her happiness and excitement after seeing Rahul, whose birth she had witnessed, as a grown man who is now the Member of Parliament from her Wayanad constituency.
Rahul is on a visit to Wayanad to thank people for voting for him.
Rahul promised Rajamma he will meet her again
Rahul spoke to Rajamma and listened to her with a smile when she recalled about his birth and holding him in her arms as a baby. She gifted the Congress chief homemade jackfruit chips and sweets. Rahul promised Rajamma that he will meet her again.
'I am really happy and excited,' says Rajamma
"I am really happy and excited. I was the first among the few who took Rahul as a newborn in their hands. All those memories gushed through my mind when I met him again," Rajamma said.
"I felt I should give him some gift. That is why I gave him sweets and chips made by me," the 72-year-old retired nurse added.
Rajamma pursued nursing and later worked as military nurse
Rajamma pursued nursing from Holy Family Hospital and later worked as a military nurse.
She took voluntary retirement and returned to Kerala in 1987. She settled in Kalloor near Wayanad's Sulthan Bathery.
During the Lok Sabha election campaign, when the controversy over Rahul's citizenship came up, Rajamma had said that she was on duty at the Delhi hospital at the time of his birth.