Indian American doctor, mother of 5, dies in Houston car crash


An Indian American doctor, dancer, and a mother of five children died on the spot after her car was hit by a speeding motorcycle in Houston, Texas, media reports said.

Mini Vettical, 52, originally from Ramamangalam in the southern Indian state of Kerala, was on her way home from work when she died in a crash in southeast Houston at around 4 pm on December 7, KHOU 11, a Houston-based TV channel, reported.

She was a faculty member at Baylor University and worked primarily at Harris Health clinics.

“Dr Vettical was devoted to caring for the underprivileged and underserved in Harris County at multiple health centers. The Baylor Family Medicine community is in shock and disbelief. Her beloved personality will be tremendously missed by faculty and staff. She leaves a gap that is hard to fill among her colleagues and patients,” a Baylor University statement read.

In addition to medically helping underserved populations throughout Houston, Vettical was actively involved in organizations such as Pratham Houston and the Houston Area Women’s Center. She was also a class volunteer and involved in the church and dancing theater.

Vettical is survived by her husband and five children.

Pooja Vettical, the eldest of the five kids, told KHOU 11 that no matter how much Vettical had on her plate, “she always made time for her most important job of all – being a mom”.

According to her obituary posted on the Dignity Memorial website, Vettical was born in Kuwait in 1970, and received her medical degree from the University of Texas. She specialized in Internal Medicine.

Her funeral was held on Monday at Houston’s St Anne Catholic Church.

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