Dr. Dicksheet has fought against daunting odds to come up trumps and provide succour to millions of people in India. With precise moves and extremely neat sutures, it takes him less than 30 minutes to perform a cleft lip surgery on a one-month old child. Speed and efficiency are his two mantras and he performs 100-150 surgeries a day.
“In 30 minutes, he corrected my son’s cleft lip and did not charge anything for it,” said a grateful Banitha Venkatagiri, mother of Surya, the one-month old child.
A Padma Shri awardee, Dr. Dicksheet lives in New York for six months and spends rest of the time in India, from September to March, travelling across ten states solely to perform surgeries for cleft lips, squint eyes, facial scars, ptosis and birthmark removal. Such operations usually cost Rs. 25,000 but he does them for free, clocking 2,66,000 surgeries in India in the past 24 years.