The World’s Shortest Doctor and His Inspirational Journey

This 23-year-old doctor recently completed his medical degree and is currently working as an intern at Sir-T Hospital in Bhavnagar.
The World’s Shortest Doctor and His Inspirational Journey (Representational Image: Unsplash)
The World’s Shortest Doctor and His Inspirational Journey (Representational Image: Unsplash)

Determination has no boundaries; it's proved by Dr. Ganesh Baraiya, who became the world’s shortest doctor, standing at just the height of 3 feet 4 inches.

Dr. Ganesh Baraiya a native of Gorki village in Bhavnagar, Gujarat. His journey towards his goal meets with many obstacles because of his height. However, he fought with all barriers and achieved it. This 23-year-old doctor recently completed his medical degree and is currently working as an intern at Sir-T Hospital in Bhavnagar.

Dr. Ganesh faced constraints due to dwarfism, which has also caused locomotive disability impacting 72 percent of his body. He faced many challenges to pursue his goal. His journey towards medical education started in 2018. Dr. Ganesh while talking to ANI said that after he passed class 12 and cleared the NEET exam to enroll in MBBS and filled out the form, the Medical Council of India (MCI) committee refused approval to pursue MBBS by stating he would be unable to handle emergency cases due to his short stature. So he was unable to get admission into a medical college. However, he wouldn't stop, he spoke to school principal of Nilkanth Vidyapeeth Dr. Dalpath Bhai Katariya, and Ravasish Servaiya.

They told him to approach the district collector and the state education minister. Following the advice of the Bhavnagar collector, they agreed to take the case to the Gujarat High Court. He moved to the Gujarat High Court.  Two other candidates who were with them were also differently abled. They lost the case. But they were determined to challenge the judgment in the Supreme Court. Ganesh approached the Supreme Court. The judgment came in favor of him that he could get admission to MBBS. However the admission process for the year 2018 was completed by then, and the Supreme said he would get admission in 2019. Then, on 1 August 2019, he was admitted for MBBS at Bhavnagar Government Medical College in Gujarat. Now he has completed his medical degree and is working as an intern.

Ganesh approached the Supreme Court. The judgment came in favor of him that he could get admission to MBBS.  (Representational Image: Wikimedia Commons)
Ganesh approached the Supreme Court. The judgment came in favor of him that he could get admission to MBBS. (Representational Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Baraiya’s strong determination to become a doctor despite facing all these challenges shows the true spirit of resilience. He scored 87 percent in boards and 233 marks in NEET but he was rejected because of his height. However, he battled with all odds and became a doctor now.

Dr. Baraiya said that height may define his stature, but it will never limit his aspirations. He said that with determination and perseverance, he learned that no obstacle is insurmountable. His journey is a testimony to the power of resilience and the boundless potential within each of them. Talking to ANI, He said whenever patients see him they are a bit surprised at first but then they admit him and he also concedes their initial behavior.

Dr. Baraiya's father is a farmer and he has seven sisters who are all married. He has a younger brother, who is pursuing a B.Ed (Bachelor of Education.

 (Input from various sources)

 (Rehash/Lavanya Beeraboina/MSM)

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