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Aum: A simple tool to voice the voiceless

Bubbly doctor creates prosthesis to help those who have lost their voices to throat cancer

Alnoor Peermohamed  |  Bengaluru 

There is something strange about Vishal Rao, an oncologist at the HCG Hospital here. You would expect doctors, especially surgeons, to be calm and composed - a trait we associate with them, given the gruelling medical procedures they need to pull through. Rao seems a fish out of water. He is bubbly, impatient to speak and masks his use of expletive not so subtly. It is then surprising, as well as ironic that Rao spends a lot of his time treating patients that have lost their voices to throat cancer. "I cannot shut up for a minute and here is this guy that has not spoken for 16 ...

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