A young girl in India badly burned as a toddler, her fingers had fused together and curled into a knotted ball. Her shepherd family could not afford surgery, but they had heard of a remarkable young boy being called the child surgeon. Akrit Jaswal was only seven years old when he operated, successfully, on the eight-year-old girl to release her fingers.
Child Surgeon Akrit Jaswal
Akrit Jaswal had a reputation, in the region, for being a medical genius. This young man has been shown to possess an I.Q. of an impressive 146. This is the highest I.Q. of any boy his age in India, a country of over one billion people.
He has focused this phenomenal intelligence on medicine. And now, at the age of twelve, claims to be on the verge of discovering a cure for cancer.
Akrit Pran Jaswal
An early developer, Akrit was walking and talking by the time he was 10 months old. He was reading and writing by two. And, reading Shakespeare, in English, by the time he was five. Akrit is now talking about his theories for oral gene therapy in the fight against cancer.
He has been sponsored and mentored by Mr B. R. Rahi the Chairman of Secondary Education in Dharamshala. The child surgeon is studying for a science degree at Chandigarh College. At twelve years of age, he is the youngest student ever accepted by an Indian University.
Akrit’s father left the family a year ago, depressed and exhausted. Trying to get the bureaucratic Indian Government to acknowledge his son’s intellect, took six long years. Without this acknowledgement, he had little chance of securing funding for Akrit’s cancer research.
Is it possible that this young boy knows something the medical profession does not? Throughout history, scientific breakthroughs have come not only from the established, the learned, and the scholarly. But, also from single flashes of insight and inspiration.
Akrit Jaswal is not phased by his fame and is used to meeting 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. Some 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 a spiritual dimension.
Akrit Jaswal may be famous but, will he be the one to unlock the secrets to a cure for cancer. Staff at Imperial College London invited him in for some tests to establish his credentials. Where he was talking super-mechanisms, genes and therapies with scientists at the cutting-edge of cancer research.
The aspiring child surgeon must convince Professor Mustafa Djamgoz, a world-renowned research biologist. Akrit must also persuade his colleague Mr Anup Patel, a consultant urological surgeon. That his ideas are realistic and worth pursuing.
The inquisitors become his friends. Mr Patel and Professor Djamgoz are keen to foster Akrit’s enthusiasm. They are keen to protect him from disappointment and willing to guide him on his way.
Professor Djamgoz says of Akrit: ” He is generating ideas based upon what he knows, in an idealistic sort of way, without being in full grip of reality, without knowing how difficult it is to turn the ideas into practical realities”.
Just how intelligent is Akrit? Team Focus, the UK’s leading I.Q. analysts agree to test him. For Akrit this was to prove a disappointment. The young man had exceptional results in verbal and numeracy tests. But, poor practical tests let him down. Particularly in the area of pattern matching. Because of this wide range of results Team Focus chose not to give him a final rating.
The Psychology of a Genius
Rosemary Facer, a childhood psychologist, put forward the theory that Akrit had been an early developer, accounting for the good results. However, because of this early genius, he had missed out on later schooling, accounting for the poor practical results. These results do not affect what Akrit may achieve, but he needs help, a wise friend to talk to.
The Professor’s analysis is that Akrit needs to obsess less and enjoy more. He thinks Akrit shows great potential. But, potential needs proper guidance.
Akrit returns home to India, slightly maturer, a little more realistic. Akrit Jaswal, the child surgeon, is a precocious young man. Furthermore, the confidence of this young man means that he is still sure he will find a cure for cancer.
More incredible stories of amazing children can be found at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Where is this child surgeon now? Apparently, he is studying bio-engineering at IIT Kanpur.
Akrit Jaswal on the Oprah Show
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