The Seven Year Old Surgeon
Akrit Jaswal, just twelve years old, is studying at the University of India to be a doctor. He travels to Britain to be
studied by scientists at the Imperial College.
The story goes back to 19th of November, 2000 in a rural village near the foothills of Himalayas, India, when the
surgery of an 8 year old girl with burnt and fused fingers was successfully performed by a 7 year old Akrit Jaswal.
Akrit Pran Jaswal is the full name of this wonder kid who was born on April 23, 1993 in Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh. The
family of the burnt victim could not afford the cost of surgery and so approached Akrit who was considered as a medical
genius locally. Even though he was not a doctor, he could successfully separate the girls fingers in an hour long
operation and gave relief to the girl suffering for 5 years. This great achievement brought Akrit Jaswal into limelight
across the world. The video on right shows the process of the surgery performed by Akrit.
As a child, Akrit developed fast and could learn languages exceptionally well, having good passion for science and
anatomy. At the age of 5, Akrit started reading books of Shakespeare and also assembled a library of medical textbooks.
When he was 6, Doctors at local hospitals were impressed with this wonder kid and started allowing him to observe
surgeries. Inspired by this experience, Akrit began reading everything that he could on surgeries and at the age of 7,
performed the surgery on burnt victim. At the age of 13, Akrit had an IQ of 146, not at the age of 7, as the message
suggests, and was considered as the smartest person of his age in India. Because of this talent, Akrit could join and
study BSc undergraduate course in medicine in a medical university of India while he was only 12 years old.