October 1, 2018 12:36 IST

Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy: Google Doodle celebrates renowned Ophthalmologist's birthday

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Google Doodle celebrates Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy's birthday The Google Doodle on Monday celebrated the centenary of renowned opthalmologist Govindappa Venkataswamy, known as 'Dr V' among his patients, who flocked to the Aravind Eye Hospital that he founded in Madurai. Born on this day in 1918 in Vadamalapuram, Tamil Nadu, Venkataswamy was permanently crippled by rheumatoid arthritis. However, despite his own health issues, nothing could stop him from what he wanted to be. He attended a school in his village where students had to write on sand which collected from the riverbank as there was no pencil and paper. Later he went on to study Chemistry at the American College in Madurai and earned a degree of M.D. from Stanley Medical College in Madras in 1944. Credit: Google
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Google Doodle celebrates renowned Ophthalmologist's birthday The Aravind Eye Hospital which has now transformed into a major chain eradicating cataract related blindness, had begun as a 11-bed hospital under the aegis of Venkataswamy in 1976. Despite his physical constrains, Dr V learnt to perform surgery to remove cataracts and could perform 100 surgeries in a day. He used to organise eye camps in rural communities, which would serve as a rehab centre for the blind and a training session for ophthalmic assistants, during this perid he performed over 1,00,000 successful eye surgeries, the Google blogpost said. Credit: Google