Field: Human In-vitro Fertilisation & Gynaecology
Procreation is the essence that sustains a species and human beings are no different. It is the dream of many to have couples to have offspring that will have a part of the genetic pool from the parents and will become separate individuals. But many times, this is not as simple as it seems! The inability to conceive a child can have many repercussions that can ruin the personal lives of many and add to social outrage that might be difficult to handle adding to the stress in one’s life.
At this phase, many go through the tedious process of consulting many doctors and sometimes also get duped and there is a loss of time, energy, and money. But as they say, every cloud has a silver lining, Dr. Indira Hinduja is a silver lining in the Indian medical science field and has successfully been able to cater to such needs with her extraordinary talent & hard work. It can be said that she became a provider of miracle to the childless couples. She did something that India had never witnessed before. Dr. Indira Hinduja has created what perhaps is the biggest gift for childless couples — India’s first test-tube baby, Harsha Chevda. Dr. Indira Hinduja is an Indian gynaecologist, obstetrician and infertility specialist who pioneered the Gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT) technique resulting in the birth of India’s first GIFT baby on January 4, 1988. Today it is easy to spot an IVF clinic but it was her who started it in India!
Dr.Indira Hinduja was born at Shikarpur, (Pakistan) and during the Partition, her family migrated to Mumbai. Initially she wanted to be a musician but she then chose medicine as her field of study.Dr Indira Hinduja is an MD in Gynecology and Obstetrics and she was awarded a Ph D degree for her thesis entitled Human In vitro Fertilisation and Embryo Transfer from Bombay University . At that time she was she was a full-time practicing obstetrician and gynecologist on the clinical faculty of the Seth G.S. Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. She is also credited for developing an oocyte donation technique for menopausal and premature ovarian failure patients, giving the country’s first baby out of this technique on January 24, 1991. Currently she is serving as honorary obstetrician and gynecologist at P.D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre in Mumbai.
Apart from many accolades and distinction conferred on her, she was awarded the Padma Shri from the Government of India in the year 2011.
My one line takeaway: It is ok to not know what path to select but once you select, give it your all.
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She has certainly given hope to countless couples!
She is certainly the GIFT giver to many childless couples! She deserves all the accolades and more! Thank you for sharing her story, Chinmayee!
Thank you for adding yet another lady marvel to our list.
I see immense courage to try something new for the betterment of humanity in her. I see her conviction to do something that was never tried. She chose the road never travelled in India. Imagine what sorts of self-doubts and raising eyebrows she might have faced. Arent those rare qualities?
Kadaaaaak salute to this brave heart, a pioneer, a visionary.
So true what you say that today IVF is so common, accessible, and an easy way out for couples who are struggling with having children. We must all be thankful to this inspiring lady for bringing about that change