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Spreading Smiles - Pune Doctors Initiative.

03-02-2018 09:00 AM | Shilpika Bajpai | My Indian Dream

Spreading Smiles - Pune Doctors Initiative. | My Indian Dream

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A group of doctors perform free cleft lip surgeries for children.

In a world where we barely find selfless doctors, we have a Dr Pushkar Waknis from Pune who chose to serve the patients selflessly. This doctor performs surgeries free of cost for children.

Dr Pushkar Waknis is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who performs cleft lip surgeries for children. Not only surgeries but he makes sure the children who visit him are treated free of cost. Waknis said he was inspired by his professor Dr Peter Kessler who performed surgeries free of cost.

Since these surgeries were free, no hospitals supported him and his idea was left a dream. But sooner his idea saw the daylight when Dr Waknis met an orthopaedic surgeon Dr Neeraj Adkar who was equally excited about the idea.

After which Spreading Smiles was formed in March 2012 with the support of Dr Adkar. The organisation now has a group of 25 doctors that perform surgeries for 25-40 children per year.

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