Women’s medical pioneer dies

Women’s medical pioneer dies
Alcalá de Henares

MANUELA PÉREZ, the first female doctor to work at the Alicante General Hospital has died.  She was 88 and passed away in Madrid.

Pérez de Vekios was born in 1929 and began to work in the hospital in 1974.

She began her career in the Spanish Health Service as a nurse practitioner and then as a midwife before later studying medicine in Salamanca and then moved on to paediatrics in Paris.

She returned and took up a post as a paediatrician in Bilbao and became one of the first women to work in the traditional male profession of a Navy doctor at Naviera Aznar.  In the 1960s, she worked as a doctor involved with controlling epidemics in Venezuela and Brazil and studied tropical medicine and eventually specialising in anaesthetics.

When she returned to Spain in 1974, she started her career as an anaesthetist at the Alicante General Hospital and was committed to the fight for employment and women’s rights.

Many of her friends and former colleagues mourned her passing across social media where, despite her advancing years Manuela Pérez was still very active.  She spent long periods in Madrid where some of her family lived and she was finally laid to rest in Alcalá de Henares.

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