|Born||Akrit Pran Jaswal
|Known for||Performing an operation at the age of seven|
Akrit went to Britain around the age of 12 to talk about the cure for cancer.
At a very young age, Akrit Jaswal began to illustrate his unusually high intelligence level. Jaswal could speak by the time he was ten months old, and he could also write and read at the age of two. When Jaswal was only five years old, he already had begun reading plays by William Shakespeare and also had begun to read many books about medicine. After hearing about Jaswal's intelligence, doctors in his hometown of Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh started allowing Jaswal to watch and learn how to perform surgical procedures.
Surgery in 2000
On November 19, 2000, at the age of seven, Jaswal performed his first surgery. Jaswal performed a surgery on an eight year old girl. The girl had burns on her finger from five years before, and her parents previously had not been able to pay for a surgery because they did not have the financial means. Short videos of the surgery appeared on YouTube in 2007, and Jaswal began to rise in fame around the world.
Recognition and Fame
Because of his fame and success, Jaswal was accepted into Chandrigarh College when he was twelve years old, making him the youngest person to ever get into a university in India. His IQ was recorded to be 146. Organizations around the world began to take interest in Jaswal. In 2005, "Firecracker Films" brought Jaswal to England, to perform tests. The organization found that Jaswal had extremely high skills in some areas, but was not as good at other areas, such as pattern matching. Jaswal also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
However, some[who?] have theorized that Jaswal's fame as a child may actually have been harmful to him. These people[who?] say that Jaswal had too much pressure on him as a child. For example, Jaswal's father and mother divorced while Jaswal was still a child and some[who?] have theorized that the divorce happened because Jaswal's father was irritated at the fact that Jaswal was not being recognized enough by the Indian government and media. However, Jaswal has completely denied these claims. He once said in a 2005 interview, “I had plenty of friends to play with when I was a child and, yes, I had nursery rhymes too... My parents never put pressure on me. In fact they’re the ones who are always saying you should rest and chill out.”
Quest for the Cure to Cancer
Jaswal is also known for his attempt to cure cancer. In fact, he has even declared that he knows a cure to cancer, and has known of a cure ever since he was eight years old. Though Jaswal received media attention for this declaration, others have been skeptical of Jaswal's alleged cure. For example, Mustafa Djamgoz has said, "There’s no doubt he is a brilliant boy. He really knows his stuff and has put his heart, soul and mind into finding a cure for cancer. But his solution is not that novel. In theory it could work, but it would be premature to say he has found a cure.” It is unclear how far along Jaswal is in his cancer research to date.