Is this life imitating art, or art imitating life? You be the judge. The tv show Doogie Howser, MD (video above) was about a whiz-kid who becomes a doctor at age fourteen. And, yes, I do admit to watching the show when it was around. Little did we know that something like this would happen in real life.
The Associated Press this morning is reporting that Dhileepan Raj, a 15-year-old kid in India, performed a caesarean section "under his parents watch." Can you believe that?
How did people find out about this? Well, first of all, the entire thing was filmed. And, second, the kid's father showed the video at their local medical association meeting. How's that for being a proud father.
Of course, there is shock and outrage over this incident. I hope this guy's medical license is taken from him. Plus, there is talk over criminal charges being brought forth. Does this guy regret what he did? Absolutely not!
[Dr. K] Murugesan, who could possibly be prevented from practicing and face criminal charges for allowing his son to perform the operation, expressed no regret and accused the Manaparai medical association of being "jealous" of his son's achievements, [Dr. Venkatesh] Prasad [secretary of the medical association] added.Wait a sec. All this over getting into the Guinness Book of World Records? To jeopardize your medical license and international embarrassment, just to get some kind of world record? Sheesh! We'll have to see how this all plays out...
"He said this was not the first surgery performed by his son and that he had been training him for the last three years," said Prasad.
Murugesan told the medical association that he wanted to see his son's name in the Guinness Book of World Records [as the youngest surgeon].