A renowned plastic surgeon and his team have been working hard to make sure they can help kids smile again. The doctor has performed more than 32,000 free surgeries.
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Dr. Subodh Kumar Singh lost his father, Gyan Singh, in 1979. He was just a teenager at the time, and his family was confronted with extreme poverty, according to Sunnyskyz.
"Along with my elder brothers, I sold homemade soaps and was often insulted when I asked for settling our dues," the doctor shared.
Things began to get better in 1982 when his brothers helped pay for Singh’s medical entrance exams. He earned his degree from Banaras Hindu University in 1988, and after that, he got a Master of Surgery in 1991. He continued studying and got a Master's in plastic surgery in 1994, the outlet points out.
GS Memorial Plastic Surgery Hospital was established by Dr. Singh in 2001 as a tribute to his father. His purpose was to provide reconstructive plastic surgery at a lower cost for patients in need.
Smile Train partnered with the hospital, creating a charity initiative for kids with cleft lips and palates.
"Since 2008-09, we annually perform 4,000-plus free cleft surgeries under this initiative," Dr. Singh said.
Up to now, more than 32,000 free cleft surgeries have been performed at his medical center.
"In every cleft child who has come to me, I have visualized that little Subodh, who lost his father when he was only 13. My father Gyan Singh and mother Giriraj Kumari (she died last year) taught me to serve the poor and live ethically. I feel God made me a plastic surgeon and not a businessman to serve a divine cause,” Dr. Singh explained.
The dedicated team has also done over 6,000 free burn surgeries.