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Following above, read motivational story of Dr Devi Prasad Shetty
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is a renowned Indian philanthropist and cardiac surgeon, known for conducting over 15,000 heart operations to date. He was born on May 8, 1953, in Kinnigoli Village in Karnataka, India.
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty was an outstanding student and when he was in the fifth grade, he took an interest in Science and decided to become a heart surgeon.
In the fifth grade, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty heard about a South African surgeon who had performed the world’s first heart transplant. Dr Devi Prasad Shetty was amazed at this surgery and began reading about it in depth. He became inspired by this surgery and decided to pursue further education in Medicine and change people’s lives.
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, a determined man by nature, completed his graduate degree in Medicine and later pursued post graduate work in General Surgery from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore.
After his post graduate studies, he trained in cardiac surgery at Guy’s Hospital in the UK. As a cardiac surgeon, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty wanted to make healthcare affordable for the people in India.
While growing up, he witnessed many poor people dying at a young age because they could not afford medicines and medical treatment. To prevent such calamities, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty started the Manipal Heart Foundation at Manipal Hospital in Bangalore.
In 2001, he founded Narayana Hrudayalaya, which is a multi-speciality hospital in Bommasandra, Bangalore.
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is a surgeon by profession, but he is also a great thinker and a philanthropist. After conducting much research, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty realised that healthcare costs can be reduced by 50 percent if hospitals adopted economies of scale.
Since Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is keen to help the poor, all his efforts in the field of medicine are aimed at reducing healthcare costs for the benefit of poor patients.
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty also founded Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences in Kolkata. Given his success in so many hospitals in India, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty was invited by the Government of Gujarat to set up a 5000-bed hospital in Ahmedabad.
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, with his innovative mind, has managed to cut operating costs by using cross ventilation instead of air conditioning in hospitals, among other cost-cutting measures.
All his hospitals operate at low cost, allowing surgeons to complete heart surgeries at one-tenth of the cost as compared to the hospitals in the United States. For these great achievements, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty has been given the title of Henry Ford of heart surgery.
Another great accomplishment of Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is the implementation of the world’s cheapest comprehensive health insurance scheme at Rs 10 per month. As of today, 4 million people in Karnataka are covered under this scheme.
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty won many awards for his accomplishments, including the Padma Bhushan Award for Medicine in 2012, Padma Shri Award for Medicine in 2004, Ernst & Young – Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003, and Karnataka Ratna Award in 2001.
In the next few years, Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is planning to expand the Narayana Hrudayalaya model to other developing countries in Asia and Africa.
Dr Devi Prasad Shetty was determined to put his education to good use by helping the society. This is what we can learn from his great and noble man. Our education should not be just for our pleasure and comfort but it should be for the greater good of humanity. From young, one should be passionate about his career; only then will be rise in the career and enhance the lives of others.