|Born||Akrit Pran Jaswal
|Known for||Performing an operation at the age of seven|
Jaswal learned to speak, read and write at an early age. At five years old, he had started reading plays by William Shakespeare and books about medicine. Doctors in his hometown of Nurpur, Himachal Pradesh started allowing him to watch and learn how to perform surgical procedures.
On November 19, 2000, at the age of seven, Jaswal performed a surgery on an eight-year-old girl. She had burns on her finger from five years before, and her parents previously had not been able to pay for surgery because they did not have the financial means. Short videos of the surgery appeared on YouTube in 2007, and Jaswal became known for this.
College and publicity
Jaswal was accepted into Chandrigarh College when he was twelve years old. In 2005, "Firecracker Films" brought him to England, to perform tests he also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He also received some media attention for declaring that he knows a cure to cancer, though this was met with skepticism and nothing came of it.
Some[who?] have theorized that Jaswal's fame as a child may actually have been harmful to him, leading to too much pressure on him as a child. Jaswal denied these claims.
- The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Himachal Pradesh[dead link]
- Senthilingam, Meera. "Pass me the scalpel, Mummy". Imperial College Magazine, London. Archived from the original on 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2007-01-02.
- 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.”