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Google celebrates renowned opthalmologist Govindappa Venkataswamy

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The Doodle on Monday celebrated the centenary of renowned opthalmologist Govindappa Venkataswamy, known as 'Dr V' among his patients, who flocked to the that he founded in

Born on this day in 1918 in Vadamalapuram, Tamil Nadu, Venkataswamy was permanently crippled by However, despite his own issues, nothing could stop him from what he wanted to be.

He attended a school in his village where students had to write on sand which collected from the riverbank as there was no pencil and paper. Later he went on to study Chemistry at the in and earned a degree of M.D. from in Madras in 1944.

Right after completing his medical school Venkataswamy went on to join the However, a severe case of nearly crippled him and his career took a setback.

He was confined to bed for a year. When he returned to academics, Venkataswamy studied for a degree in ophthalmology in 1951.

The which has now transformed into a major chain eradicating cataract related blindness, had begun as a 11-bed hospital under the aegis of Venkataswamy in 1976.

Despite his physical constrains, Dr V learnt to perform to remove and could perform 100 in a day.

He used to organise eye camps in rural communities, which would serve as a rehab centre for the blind and a training session for ophthalmic assistants, during this perid he performed over 1,00,000 successful eye surgeries, the blogpost said.

In 1973, Venkataswamy received the Padmashree award.



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First Published: Mon, October 01 2018. 09:46 IST