An 85-year-old woman, a native of a village in Karnataka, who was living in the city here, was reunited with her son, thanks to the initiatives taken by the Era Nenjam, an NGO working for the welfare of the destitute, here on Friday.
According to sources, Laxmamma came to the city to visit one of her sons who worked in the city. She however lost his contact number and was found roaming in the Gandhipuram bus stand on February 16. She had suffered memory loss and could not remember where she had come from.
Based on a request from the sub-inspector of Kattur police station, members of Era Nenjam took Laxmamma to the City Corporation old age home. Initially, the NGO members struggled to understand Laxmamma as her speech was unclear. Her pictures were posted on Facebook and the NGO managed to trace her relatives in a village in Tumkur, Karnataka. It was an emotional reunion when Laxmamma was handed over to another of her sons, Obaleshappa, at the Corporation old age home on Saturday.
“We were shocked when Era Nenjam members contacted me and told me my mother was in Coimbatore. We thank the NGO for reuniting my mother with the family,” said Obaleshappa.
Managing trustee of Era Nenjam, Mahendren, said the family was traced after posting her pictures on Facebook and stating that Laxmamma only knew Kannada. We contacted more than 30 people with the help of local police.