Dr. Vibha Usha Radhakrishnan followed her passion and accomplished the extraordinary milestone of becoming Kerala's first transwoman MBBS doctor. With incredible courage, Vibha challenged societal expectations and embraced her dream.
Many people who have explored their true identities hesitate to share them with society because of judgment and criticism. Such people will find inspiration in Vibha’s journey.
Dr. Vibha, a 26-year-old doctor, is a native of Palakkad. She is a representative of the transgender community. She is a resident of Palakkad and completed her MBBS at Kozhikode Government Medical College, Kerala. Now, she is practicing as a doctor in a private clinic.
As a member of the transgender community, she has made groundbreaking achievements and has completed her MBBS and become a doctor.
Dr. Vibha was lucky to have the support of her parents, both emotionally and financially, when she decided to undergo a transition, despite the challenges faced by many individuals in this world.
Until the age of 20 years, she was living as a boy, Vipin. It took her 20 years to show her true desire and transition from Vipin to Vibha with the support of her family, relatives, and friends. After finishing her medical studies in house surgery, she is now practicing in a private clinic and is planning to pursue higher education in psychiatry or emergency medicine abroad.
She had undergone gender change therapy along with her MBBS studies with family support. Regardless of ongoing physical changes and pain in her body, she completed her MBBS degree. Subsequently, she officially changed her name and gender in her records.
Dr. Vibha said to Deccanherald, "It was during my MBBS days that I conveyed my inner desire and feelings of a woman to a friend. Later, I conveyed it to my mother, Usha, who is a teacher. Though initially upset, she tried to understand more about my desire as well as the transgender community and came to terms with it. But it took some time for my father, Radhakrishnan, an ex-serviceman, to come to terms with it. But my brother Vishnu, a bank official, wholeheartedly backed me."
She had first opened up to her mother about her inner desire to live as a woman. At first, her mother was shocked, but later she stood by her son's wish.
Dr. Vibha said that the wholehearted support from her family helped her maintain her sexual identity as well as become a doctor. Society is still not accepting the changes, and she had to suffer a lot to reach this position.
(Input from various media sources)