Akrit Jaswal : Child Prodigy
– Child Surgeon
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Akrit Jaswal (born April 23, 1993) is an Indian
adolescent who has been hailed as a child prodigy who has gained fame in
native India as a physician, despite never having attended medical school. He
gained fame for performing surgery at the age of seven. He is a Hindu Rajput of
Jaswal clan from Punjab.
According to his mother Raksha Kumari Jaswal, Akrit was an early starter,
skipped the toddler stage and started walking. He started speaking in his 10th
month and was reading Shakespeare at the age of 5. At 7, he performed an
operation on a 8 year old girl whose fingers were fused together after being
burnt. 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 for free.
Her surgery was a celebrated success.
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. "I've developed a concept called oral
gene therapy on the basis of my research and my theories", he says, "I'm quite
dedicated towards working on this mechanism."
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.
He became India's youngest university student and is currently studying for a
BSc in a Punjab University, Chandigarh, India. He possesses books such as Gray's
Anatomy, and textbooks on surgery, anaesthesia, anatomy, physiology, cancer, and
others. Akrit claims to have mastered them with his daily habit of studying for
He has an estimated IQ of 146 from a single test.
Akrit Jaswal is considered to be a reincarnation in his local village. He is
consulted by neighbours and people from surrounding areas regarding ailments,
prescriptions and courses of treatments. He claims to have been working on a
cure for cancer for several years, based on theories of oral gene therapy.
However, his work towards a cure for cancer was criticised by British doctors
and researchers since they claim his understanding on the topic was vague.
In his spare time, Akrit enjoys playing and watching cricket.