Karnataka: Narasamma, who assisted over 15,000 traditional deliveries without medical facilities for the past 77 years, that too free of cost, was awarded Padma Shri. Tumkur University has also honored her by giving doctorate. Narasamma is 97 years old and is a farm laborer from Karnataka. Her son Sriram said that even now many people refuse to go to hospitals and will approach Narasamma as they know her well. Narasamma’s work is now being continued by around 180 pupils who learned the traditional way of delivering babies from her including her youngest daughter Jayamma who is now an experienced midwife.