RIP Dr SS Badrinath: An icon of compassionate healing

Remembering the Legacy: Dr SS Badrinath's Journey from Compassionate Care to Charitable Triumph.

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Dr SS Badrinath, the luminary founder and chairman of Shankara Nethralaya, breathed his last on Tuesday at the age of 83, leaving behind a profound legacy in the realm of charitable eye care.

Let's delve into the remarkable life of this Padma Vibhushan awardee.

Founding Shankara Nethralaya: A Vision Beyond Medicine

In 1978, Dr SS Badrinath laid the foundation of Shankara Nethralaya, a charitable eye hospital in Chennai that transcended the conventional boundaries of medical institutions. This visionary healer envisioned an institution not only of medical excellence but one that would be a sanctuary for the economically deprived.

Prime Minister Modi's Tribute to a Visionary Healer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing his condolences, acknowledged Dr Badrinath's unparalleled contribution to eye care and his unwavering dedication to societal service.

The Prime Minister shared on social media, "His contribution to eye care and his tireless service to society have left an indelible mark. His work will continue to inspire generations. Condolences to his family and loved ones. Om Shanti."

Shankara Nethralaya: A Temple of Healing for the Underprivileged

Under Dr Badrinath's stewardship, Shankara Nethralaya transformed into a temple of healing for the less fortunate. Founded with a commitment to providing free medical treatment to the economically weaker sections, the hospital serves approximately 1200 patients daily, performing 100 surgeries without charge. It became a beacon of hope for those in need.

The Journey of SS Badrinath: A Tale of Triumph Over Adversity

From Loss to Medical Passion

Born in Chennai, SS Badrinath faced the loss of both parents early in life. Harnessing the insurance money received after their demise, he pursued his passion for medical science. Starting his career in New York, he worked in various eye hospitals, accumulating experience and knowledge.

The Charitable Oasis in Chennai

In 1978, Dr. Badrinath returned to his roots, establishing a charitable eye hospital in Chennai. This marked the genesis of his mission to provide free treatment to the impoverished. Today, his organisation conducts a hundred surgeries daily, a testament to his commitment to alleviating suffering.

Honours and Recognition: Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri

For his exceptional contributions, Dr SS Badrinath received the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards from the Government of India. His accolades stand as a testament to a lifetime dedicated to compassionate healing and service.

Farewell to a Visionary Healer

As the nation bids farewell to Dr SS Badrinath, his vision and legacy live on. His pioneering efforts in creating an oasis of compassionate eye care for the underserved continue to inspire generations.

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