The Story Of A Unique Child: How Akrit Jaswal Became The Youngest Surgeon In The World At The Age Of 7
Akrit Pran Jaswal proved himself to be a medical genius when he was only seven years old. Before then, people around him already knew he was destined for greatness. According to reports, this boy was walking and talking by the time he was 10 months old. And by the age of two, he was already reading and writing.
This Indian boy was so impressive that he was once featured on the Oprah show. At 13, he was tested to have an IQ of 146, which led many to consider him as the smartest person in India.
A record-breaking surgery
Akrit gained worldwide fame after he performed a surgery on an eight-year-old girl. When the girl was a toddler, she suffered burns so bad that her fingers melted together. However, the family could not afford the surgery she needed to make her better. So for years, she could not get the operation to help her.
Akrit Pran Jaswal is an Indian who performed his first surgery at the age of seven. He has an estimated IQ of 146. pic.twitter.com/qXYBCR3lkz— Circle of India (@CircleofIndia) March 18, 2016
While growing up, Akrit earned a reputation as a medical genius in his village. One day, a member of the girl's family came to see Akrit and asked if he could operate on their daughter. The boy agreed.
The boy wonder did the surgery free of charge after the family signed a waiver. The girl parents got the necessary equipment needed and, on November 19, 2000, Akrit performed a successful one-hour surgery and separated the girl's fingers.
Akrit's parents recorded the amazing surgery and posted it online. Within days, he attained worldwide recognition and respect.
His plans to fight cancer
Four years after this surgery, Akrit was admitted to Punjab University, breaking another record, this time as the youngest student ever to gain an admission into a university. He was also invited to speak at the Imperial College in London, where he exchanged ideas with scientists working on cutting-edge medical research.
His focus soon became finding a cure for cancer. He told Oprah he had a theory about 'oral gene therapy' and this would serve as the basis for his research. He said he was inspired to do this because he was heartbroken about all the cancer patients in his country, who lie on the side of the road because they can't afford treatment. He hoped to use his genius to help them.
[I've been] going to hospitals since the age of 6, so I have seen firsthand people suffering from pain. I get very sad, and so that's the main motive of my passion for medicine, my passion about cancer.
It's been a long time since the world got an update about Akrit's work, but those who have faith in him haven't given up hope that he will, indeed, change the world.