[WORLDKINGS] Journey to seek extraordinary record holders around the world (P.2) - Akrit Jaswal - World's youngest surgical doctor (India)

04-08-2020

(WorldKings.org) Akrit Jaswal (born April 23, 1993) is an Indian adolescent who has been hailed as a child prodigy who has gained fame in his native India as a physician, despite never having attended medical school. He gained fame for performing surgery at the age of seven.

Akrit developed a passion for science and anatomy at an early age. Doctors at local hospitals took notice and started allowing him to observe surgeries when he was 6 years old. Inspired by what he saw, Akrit read everything he could on the topic.

When an impoverished family heard about his amazing abilities, they asked if he would operate on their daughter. She had suffered from a fire injury as a baby, but couldn’t get a treatment done as her parents couldn’t afford the surgery. As time passed, her fingers were fused and that soon started to affect her daily life. He agreed to conduct the surgery for free. The little girl’s parents felt grateful and prepared for the surgery. All the necessary equipment was bought. Akrit conducted this operation and released her fused fingers successfully. Akrit’s parents recorded the whole incident and uploaded the video online. It went viral all over the world. Thus, this brought Akrit the title of ‘the youngest surgeon in the world’ and he became a child sensation.

After the surgery, Akrit was hailed as a medical genius in India. Neighbors and strangers flocked to him for advice and treatment. At age 11, Akrit was admitted to a Punjab University. He's the youngest student ever to attend an Indian university. That same year, he was also invited to London's famed Imperial College to exchange ideas with scientists on the cutting edge of medical research. Akrit says he has millions of medical ideas, but he's currently focused on developing a cure for cancer.

Growing up, Akrit says he used to see cancer patients lying on the side of the road because they couldn't afford treatment or hospitals had no space for them. Now, he wants to use his intellect to ease their suffering. "[I've been] going to hospitals since the age of 6, so I have seen firsthand people suffering from pain," he says. "I get very sad, and so that's the main motive of my passion about medicine, my passion about cancer." Currently, Akrit is working toward a bachelor's degree in zoology, botany and chemistry. Someday, he hopes to continue his studies at Harvard University.

According to Wikipedia.com and taggedwiki.zubiaga.org


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