Padmashree awardee Lakshmikutty is a 75-year-old tribal woman from Kallar forest area in Thiruvananthapuram district. She has been practicing traditional medicine for the past 50 years and is known as 'poison healer'.
Speaking to ANI, Lakshmikutty said,''Nature offers all remedies. Knowledge of traditional medicine was passed on to me from my mother who was a mid-wife. People come to me for treatment for snake poison. I treat all kinds of snake poison, and many other diseases.''
''There is no road to my home even today,it was approved in 1952. People are not able to bring patients in time, providing medicine at the earliest is important in poison treatment, My son lost his life as we could not take him to hospital on time as there was no road,'' said Lakshmikutty.
Lakshmikutty has also received Kerala government's Naattu Vaidya Ratna award in 1995.