What could be the youngest age to become a surgeon? Roughly adding three years of preschool, twelve years of school, then five years of medical college and then an additional three years of postgraduate surgery college, so even if a child starts preschool from the date of birth, it will add up to twenty-three years. Well, a child did it successfully in just seven years of age.
Akrit and his eidetic memory make him seem like a robot sent from the future to help the generation to evolve. The kid is an absolute genius with an IQ level higher than any other in his age group. He is a visionary who believes that all diseases in the world is curable and is working day and night to find a cure for those which medical science has declared incurable.
Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” -Satchel Paige
Akrit Jaswal was born to a very educated family on April 23, 1993, in Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh. He was brought up with dignity and manners which were his family’s principles although they belonged to a rural background. He was a born talent who started talking and walking at a very early age of one. Even at the very young age, he demands pencil and paper to indulge himself in writing and drawing things.
While growing up, Akrit started to develop a sense of attraction towards novels and biology. His parents were too supportive and provided with all the necessary tools and books that their son needed. He was very much fond of William Shakespeare’s novels which are very difficult to read for even a teenager, but he would enjoy and get inspired by those. Unlike other five years old kiddos, he was detached from the social world and would think for hours sitting idle, staring at the wall. After completing all the Shakespeare’s novel, he started developing interest towards medicine. His father somehow managed to get medical graduate and postgraduate books from a few sources and Akrit would indulge himself in those.
“Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.” – Mark Haddon
After getting all the bookish knowledge, he wanted to implement what he had read and to contribute his part to the medical community. To help him out, his parents accompanied him to local hospitals in Nurpur, where he witnessed multiple surgeries performed by the doctors. He stands there for hours and quietly observes every tiny detail, taking down all the information carefully. The hospital staff has also admired the curiosity of the five-year-old and allowed him to view even the big surgeries, where such privileges are granted to graduates and postgraduates only.
Akrit did not receive any proper schooling as the schools refused to teach him because he was way too ahead of their standards. He taught himself everything, related to medical and of course, there were loads of books involved in the process. In the meanwhile, they realized that he had an eidetic photographic memory and that is why he could learn everything he sees. He was very fascinated with human physiology or cell regeneration and was trying to figure out the solutions to many complex and abstract dilemmas.
A misfortunate incident occurred on November 19, 2000, in the locality of the Jaiswal family. An eight-year-old little girl had burned her hand while playing in the kitchen. The burns were too severe, and the local hospitals performed the first aid and let the girl in total despair, as her parents were poor and could not afford any further treatment. The little girl had been howling in agony due to the burns that made the skin melt off, and her fingers were curled up.
Seven-year-old Akrit came to know about this mishap and expressed his interest in helping the kid get out of misery. Both the families met and discussed and came up with the conclusion to let Akrit perform the surgery as the kid’s parents were willing to go to any extent possible to cure their daughter. The Jaswal family agreed to bear the expense of the whole medical treatment of the girl.
The challenge was to prepare the required surgery room and arrange for the surgical instruments. After a few difficulties, they managed to come up with the surgical knives, anesthesia, medicines and a camera to record the whole surgery. Akrit was ready to create history, and he seems as confident as an experienced surgeon. It was a sight for sore eyes to watch a seven-year-old operate on a critical patient just a year elder to him. The surgery went for an hour, but the result was decisive as he successfully separated the fingers. Akrit’s parents recorded the entire procedure and later uploaded it on YouTube which made him a superstar.
“Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”– Arthur Schopenhauer
As the words spread, he became a worldwide sensation. Now people from all around came seeking for medical diagnosis from him, and he would welcome everyone with open arms.
Once the YouTube video went viral, Oprah Winfrey invited him on her talk show in a special segment ‘Little Genius featuring Akrit Jaswal’, which gave him global recognition. In 2005, he was then called up by the Firecrackers who performs IQ test, in London. Akrit passed the IQ test with a splendid score of 146, highest compared to any other 12-year-old child in India.
He came back to India as he knew that his goal is still too far. He had already made up his mind to work for the society and eradicate the diseases that are eating up the human race. With all these hopes and dreams, he joined the Chandigarh Medical College and also, became the youngest student to be admitted to any of India’s medical college. He continued his dominance, and three years later graduated from the same college, at the age of 15.
When 17, he started to pursue masters and applied for the degree in chemistry. He is also amongst the top seven most talented kids in the world, and the accomplishment list goes on and on, and Akrit Jaswal never ceases to amaze.
“There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability.” -Sharron Angle
In 2018, Akrit turned twenty-three, and he is studying Bioengineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur. He is working day and night on finding the cure for cancer and AIDS. Several times he had been called up by foreign Universities and Colleges, like Imperial College in London, to express his views on a few complications, and provide them with his medical theories.
A twenty-three-year-old kid from Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh, who happens to be a surgeon with over ten years of surgical experience, is trying to turn impossible into possible. He is utilizing his talent to help in the betterment of our society.
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