Eighty year old ailing doctor does 150 surgeries a day free of cost.

He is 80, is battling throat cancer and can barely talk, is confined to a wheelchair because of an accident, has undergone a triple bypass surgery and has a heart that functions only up to 18% of its capacity. Where would you expect such a man to be? Confined to a hospital bed, of course.

Dr Dicksheet met with an accident in 1978, which rendered his right side paralysed. He subsequently underwent a triple bypass surgery after suffering a severe heart attack.

Dr Sharad Kumar Dicksheet is confined to hospital beds indeed, but only to fix people’s defective faces and bodies, something the plastic surgeon has been doing free of cost for poor patients for the past 42 years. Advancing age and ailments have not been able to slow him down. With precise moves and extremely neat sutures, it takes him less than 30 minutes to perform a cleft lip surgery on a one-month old child. Speed and efficiency are his mantras and he performs 100-150 surgeries a day. Such operations usually cost 25,000 but he does them for free, clocking 2,66,000 surgeries in India in the past 42 years

“He prefers small children and young men and women of marriageable age for surgeries as he does not want them to live with the ignominy of a disfigured face,” said Sashi Munoth, Dr Dicksheet’s coordinator and member of Bharatiya Jain Sangathan, which funds the surgeries

A Padma Shri awardee, Dr Dicksheet lives in New York for six months and spends the rest of the time in India, from September to March, travelling across 10 states solely to perform surgeries for cleft lips, squint eyes, facial scars, ptosis and birthmark removal. Each year, he travels through Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan to perform the surgeries.

“My troubles are nothing when compared to the problems of children who come in for surgeries and the stigma they face in life because of their disfigurement. My sole aim in life is to give them a better life,” said Dr Dicksheet.


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14 Responses to Eighty year old ailing doctor does 150 surgeries a day free of cost.

  1. Jyoti says:

    Wow, really inspiring. Wish more doctors were like that. Although, in my life, I have seen several doctors who were selfless. But it takes real courage to forget one’s pain to cure others.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Best wishes.

  2. நல்ல பதிவு.
    நல்ல தொண்டு உள்ளங்கள் வாழ்க.
    எனது பேஸ்புக்கில் பதிந்து விட்டேன்.
    உங்கள் முயற்சிக்கு நன்றி.

  3. Joshua says:

    I am glad that you are continuing to share Dr. Dicksheets story. I made a documentary about him, please go to the website to read more: http://wwww.flyingononeengine.com
    and watch the trailer. http://vimeo.com/2244846

    • changeminds says:

      Great to know. Thanks a million for your documentary which highlights this inspiring person.


  4. What a wonderful way to give back and share your gift with the world!! Smile Train is another organization that performs cleft Lip and Palette surgeries on children in 78 of the worlds poorest countries…I believe they perform aprox 300 daily.! Thank you Thank you to all the amazing doctors in this world who chose their profession because you truly care..you make the world a better place…these surgeries can be performed for only $250…what a small donation to change a life forever.

  5. Great Work, Truly Inspiring, All The Best.

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  7. Informative and inspiring.

  8. lokender thakur says:

    Incredible doctor! that should be the spirit for one’s profession.this truly manifests that nothing can stop you from doing anything that brings smile to others faces provided you have the courage and determination for that cause.Selfless service is the best service and this is what this doctor is rendering for the poor and the deprived.I wish this great man should also visit Himachal Pradesh and benefit the needy people of this state.I pray to God for his longevity and request all the doctors to imbibe this spirit of selfless service.
    thanks and regards,

  9. I had to bookmark this site, its awesome!



  11. Ragupathi Murugesan says:

    Really inspiring. He is the superstar.

  12. Jagadish Kumar says:

    Great man. great Doctor too………..!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Dr.K.S.Ananda Kumar says:

    The story is highly inspiring. I like it very much.
    Yours Sincerely,
    Dr.K.S.Ananda Kumar

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