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No Limits!

13 Jul

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Doctor Sharadkumar Dixit
Picture credit:  Kindly allowed by Som

 

There have been few stories or postings or persons,  that I have written about in my life, that brought me to tears as I wrote them, this one did!

As some/many of you may already know,  my son is a paraplegic, so the life and struggles of this brave, stubborn, willful man, struck close to my heart.

One thing that they both have/had in common is/was that they refused to let life in a wheelchair hold them back, or limit the fullest potential of their lives.

They both did precisely what they were driven to do.

What this Plastic Surgeon, this Doctor to the most poor of India and even the world,  chose to do with his life after a horrific car accident left him paralyzed, a heart that was less than 20% functional, barely surviving cancer of the larynx, that left him unable to speak and the continuing threat of an imminent cerebral hemorrhage, in my humble opinion, suggests nothing less than the mark of a Saint.

Doctor Sharadkumar Dixit, or Dicksheet, was nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize, but never won.

However, along his lifelong Humanitarian Journey,  he did collect a massive, most impressive list of other awards and accolades for his unselfish devotion to those with nothing to offer him, but their deepest gratitude.

The Doctor returned to India every year for six months,  to hold free plastic surgery camps, for those with cleft lips, or cleft palates in dire need of repairing, to throngs of hopeful waiting crowds that would impress even a Rock Star.

In over forty years, this amazing Doctor performed more than 300,000 surgeries from the confines of his wheelchair and was called, ” the fastest plastic surgeon in the world.”

He lived quite meagerly in a tiny Brooklyn apartment and survived mostly on social security.

Doctor Dixit was born Dec 13, 1930 in Chandarpur, Maharashra, India and died in Flushing, New York, November 14, 2011.

As to be expected, this diligent, devoted Man of Medicine, was considered a God in India, to those whose lives he changed forever.

He gave them back their smiles.

As you can see, this remarkable man’s life knew NO LIMITS!

 

Places to learn more:

A video tribute to Dr. Dixit

When the Scalpel calls

Magical Fingers at work for the disabled

A cut above the rest

Farewell to a hero – Dr. Sharadkumar Dicksheet

Doctor who was Saint of Smiles

Plastic surgeon, Nobel Prize nominee Sharadkumar Dicksheet, MD, dies at 80

 

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38 responses to “No Limits!

  1. Barbara Harmon Bigham

    July 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I have read as much as I am able at this moment to read. But will get back to it soon. This is an amazing story. We have a doctor here that has led a life much like this one. . I admire them ever so much.

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      How wonderful that were you able to learn about him.
      Wasn’t he incredible?
      So happy to see you here!!!!!
      You should write about your Doctor up there~

       
  2. Jueseppi B.

    July 13, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 13, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Thank you so very much for sharing his beautiful life.

       
      • Jueseppi B.

        July 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        My thanks to you for sharing this with us. You and he are an inspiration.

         
      • Gator Woman

        July 13, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Your kindness is overwhelming.

         
  3. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    July 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    You can search to find the owner of an image through Google. Click on the “Images” at the top of the page, then click on the Camera icon, a box will open up. After you put the image in cloud storage you can take the URL link and put it in that search box. All the links to that image will come up. Then you can go down the list to find the owner, public domain, etc. Let me know if you get it.

     
  4. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

    July 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    By the way, Doctor Sharadkumar Dixit was quite a man and I loved the post.

     
  5. Som

    July 14, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    The picture on my blog is Dr Dixit’s. I met him in 2005 when he visited my town for free camp and intervied him for a local newspaper. I took this picture, you can use it.
    Cheers, Som.

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 14, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Dear Som:
      You are so very kind.
      Thank you so much for your generous permission. After I wrote the post yesterday, I spent hours looking for a public domain picture to use on it.
      But found nothing at all.
      I am curious about something, why is this man’s life not on Wikipedia, like all other notable Humans on Earth?
      It seems a travesty, don’t you think?
      Again, thank you for permission to use your picture.
      Kindest regards to you,
      Donna
      PS
      Did you have the chance to read the post?
      Is it accurate?
      It was not easy finding information about him.
      Also, on this Blog, you will find much about Gandhi, whom I consider to be the most important person who has lived in a hundred years.
      We owe so much to his thinking, which inspired so many who followed him.

       
  6. Dr. Rex

    July 14, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    OH, m’lord!! What a human being! TY for sharing him with me. Reblog!! hugs ….

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 14, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Thank you so much for sharing him. He was amazing, like you~

       
  7. Dr. Rex

    July 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Please, take a look!! The story of an incredible human being … They still exist!!

     
  8. Ajaytao2010

    July 15, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Oh thank you so much dear. 🙂 Dr Dixit was a wonderful and selfless man 🙂

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      Absolutely!

       
      • Ajaytao2010

        July 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Yes dear

        thank you so much dear 🙂

         
  9. FeyGirl

    July 15, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Can you only imagine this world with half of this beautiful man’s spirit? Thank you, a million times over, for sharing his story and bright soul.

     
  10. Gator Woman

    July 16, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Of course you would relate to him, you share so much of his goodness and spirit.
    He would have loved you!

     
  11. Anarette.com

    July 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    What a great man, thanks for sharing this wonderful story and showing that there is hope if we all pitch in.

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      He was, like Father Damien, a one of a kind.
      The world could use a few more of them right now~

       
      • Anarette.com

        July 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        Let’s hope these examples will awaken a few more.

         
      • Gator Woman

        July 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

        Well Good Morning Sunshine!!

         
      • Anarette.com

        July 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

        Good Morning to you too Gator Woman!

         
  12. Carolyn Hughes

    July 17, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    What an inspiring story. Wonderful to see that the strength of the human spirit knows no limits. Never say never.

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 18, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      Hello Carolyn:
      Thank you for coming to read about him. I am very happy that you liked it~

       
  13. wilsonagaba

    July 17, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    This is a very encouraging story, despite not being able to speak and having other illnesses, he still held a very strong desire to help people and take care of others — and he did it! This is beautiful!

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 18, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Thank you Wilson!
      He was, like Gandhi and Father Damien were most remarkable Human Beings.
      Please do share his story with others if you like.
      It may offer them hope and faith for our species~

       
    • Gator Woman

      July 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      Yes, Wilson.
      He was an amazing Human being!

       
  14. Anjali

    July 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Amazing! And I am ashamed to say that I didn’t know about him 😦 Thank you for sharing this! There’s hope in this world yet – as long as people like him exist – there is hope…

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 20, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Not to worry. You are in England. Now you can tell others there abut him, perhaps?
      It is like us not hearing about the Nurses~
      So happy you got to read about him, he was wonderful!

       
      • Anjali

        July 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

        Yes, I have shared it on my facebook page – men like him deserve to be celebrated, what an inspiration! And you are doing such good work – spreading the message!

         
      • Gator Woman

        July 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM

        Without people like you, I would have no one to share them with.
        It is all up to the Readers to pass it on!!!
        Thank you so much.

         
  15. Kitt O'Malley

    July 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Thank you for leading me to your blog. This story, as well as the story of Father Damien (with whom I was already familiar), is very inspiring. I keep you and your son in my thoughts and prayers.

     
    • Gator Woman

      July 20, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      You are so kind. Thank you.
      Am very happy that you were able to read these two particular postings.
      I feel that they are both quite important.
      People need to know about them and what they did.

       
    • Gator Woman

      July 20, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      BTW.
      I love your name. You should be a movie star!

       
      • Kitt O'Malley

        July 20, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        Yes, that’s why I kept it when I married. I even offered my husband the option of changing his name to O’Malley, but he was just too independent and career-minded. 😉 My son has been burdened with a long hyphenated name. Hyphen + apostrophe in his name = database nightmare.

         
      • Gator Woman

        July 20, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        Understand! His loss~
        It truly is a great name!
        My Irish grandmother would love it!
        Your son will appreciate it one day~

         

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