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This Pune doctor performs free cleft lip surgeries on children

31 Jan 2018 | By Rajashree Seal
Pune doctor performs free cleft surgeries on children

Unarguably, one of the noblest professions in this world is of a doctor's.

However, in today's world we hardly see any doctor who works selflessly for the well-being of people.

That said, there are still noble souls like Dr. Pushkar Waknis who believe in giving people a better life, without being greedy.

Here's what he does.

In context: Pune doctor performs free cleft surgeries on children

31 Jan 2018This Pune doctor performs free cleft lip surgeries on children

Surgery at young age ensures better future for the child

Dr. Waknis is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who ensures that children who visit him are operated free of charge. He believes that surgery at a young age of children with cleft lips can give them a better life.
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Waknis got the inspiration of free surgeries from his professor

The doctorWaknis got the inspiration of free surgeries from his professor

Dr. Waknis reportedly said that he was inspired by his professor Dr. Peter Kessler to do free surgeries. He took his training at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands and planned about his project while he was there.

However, since he couldn't find a hospital that would support this project, his idea remained stagnant for two years.

Spreading SmilesWith some help, 'Spreading Smiles' was launched in March 2012

In 2011, Waknis met Dr. Neeraj Adkar, an orthopedic surgeon who opened a new hospital in Pune and was equally excited about the idea.

He offered to support the project by providing the required infrastructure.

Subsequently, the project 'Spreading Smiles' was launched in March 2012. It now has a team of doctors that operate on 25 to 40 children every year.

DetailsTeam plans to take project into rural areas

Waknis said that he gets his satisfaction from the kind of responses he gets from his patients.

He further said that his team looks forward to taking this project into rural areas by appointing a full-time Medical Social Worker, who can visit remote areas in India and identify children with a cleft lip so that they can be given a better life.