Shattered hopeBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7328.43 (Published 05 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:43
- Kishor A Choudhari, consultant neurosurgeon
- Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
During the late 1980s, while working as a neurosurgery resident in Mumbai (Bombay), I came across Krishna, a 7 year old boy admitted with a six month history of blindness. Orphaned at an early age, he had been brought up by his elderly grandfather, a farmer from a village 300 miles from Bombay.
Being a clever child, Krishna could follow basic English as well as his native Marathi and Hindi languages. Though blind, he was unusually quick at navigating his way round the ward. Once he heard them speak, he could recognise people's voices unfailingly. With amazing dexterity, he helped pushing nursing trolleys, tidy up charts, and file reports. But the two qualities that made him especially popular were his continuous smile and his continuous singing. With a gifted voice, he sang movie songs and kept everyone spellbound. His infectious …