Today we will talk about a very special child, we can say an angel in his field. He did an extraordinary work in a very little age that we can’t expect from children of this age group. The name of that child is Akrit Jaswal, an Indian child surgeon who performed his first surgery at the age of seven.
Akrit Pran Jaswal was born on April 23, 1993, at Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh.
Akrit learned to speak, read and write at an early age. At five years old, he had started reading plays by William Shakespeare and books about medicine. Doctors in his hometown of Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh started allowing him to watch and learn how to perform surgical procedures.
On November 19, 2000, at the age of seven, he performed a surgery on an eight-year-old girl. She had burnt her fingers from five years before, and her parents previously had not been able to pay for the surgery because they did not have the financial means. Short videos of the surgery appeared on YouTube in 2007, and Akrit became known for this.
College and Publicity
Akrit was accepted into Chandigarh College when he was twelve years old. In 2005, “Firecracker film” brought him to England to perform tests. He also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey show. He also received some media attention for declaring that he knows a cure to cancer though this was met with skepticism and nothing came of it. Some have theorized that Akrit’s fame as a child may actually have been harmful to him, leading to too much pressure on him as a child. Akrit denied this claims.
One of the Seven most Talented Kids in the World
Akrit Jaswal who proved himself by performing a surgery in the age of seven also comes in the list of seven most talented kids in the world. Although he is only 20, Akrit Jaswal is already practicing physician and has been working in the field for more than a decade. From his childhood, his parents knew he was something special. He began walking at an early age, talked before the age of one and was said to have been reading Shakespeare when he was five.
When he was seven, he successfully performed a surgery for a family who couldn’t afford healthcare for their daughter, but they had heard of a remarkable young boy being called the child surgeon. He operated successfully on the eight years old girl to release her fingers. The surgery branded him as a local medical genius in his hometown in India. At the age of 12, Akrit became the youngest student to be admitted to medical school in India. He is now studying to get a Master’s degree in applied chemistry.
Akrit Jaswal had a reputation, in the region, for being a medical genius. He has been shown to have an IQ of 146, the highest IQ of any boy his age in India, a country of over one billion people. He has focused this phenomenal intelligence on medicine and, at the age of twelve, claimed to be on the verge of discovering a cure for cancer.
He has been sponsored and mentored by Mr. B.R Rahi the chairman of Secondary Education in Dharamshala. He is studying for a science degree at Chandigarh College.
His father has left the family a year ago, depressed and exhausted by six years battling with Indian bureaucracy to get his son’s intellect acknowledged and resources made available for his cancer research.
Akrit is not phased by his fame and used to meet government ministers and press representatives. For ordinary people meeting Akrit, it is very different. When he is in town, they gather for an audience. They come with prescriptions and medicines, seeking advice. They come with ailments and injuries for a diagnosis. They come to see a doctor, a healer. They come to see a guru, and because this is India, there is always spiritual dimension.