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A Journey of Destiny - Dr. Deepak Kulkarni

The ‘Young Seniors’ Cycling Expedition: In December 2022, a group of senior citizens known as the ‘Young Seniors’ embarked on a 40-day cycling expedition from Koteshwar, Gujarat, to Kibithu, Arunachal Pradesh.

Young Seniors’ embarked on a 40-day cycling

Dr. Deepak Kulkarni’s Involvement: Dr. Deepak Kulkarni, a 69-year-old maxillofacial and oral surgeon, joined the ‘Young Seniors’ group for the final 10 days of their journey.

Discovery of Muskan: During their visit to Swami Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya at Sunpura on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, Dr. Deepak noticed a 10-year-old girl named Muskan, who had a neck deformity called torticollis.

Swami Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya

Recognizing the Treatable Condition: Dr. Deepak, with his previous experience in treating similar deformities, recognized that Muskan’s condition was treatable.

Offer of Help: Dr. Deepak offered to help Muskan and her family by arranging for her to receive free treatment from Dr. Parag Sahasrabudhe, a plastic surgeon in Pune.

Dr Parag and Dr Deepak with Muskan
Dr Parag and Dr Deepak with Muskan

Muskan’s Journey to Pune: Muskan’s family eventually contacted Dr. Deepak, and they traveled to Pune in April for the surgery.

Successful Surgery: The surgery was successful, and Muskan’s condition improved, allowing her to regain a normal posture.

Muskan Normal Condition

Gratitude and Celebration: The ‘Young Seniors’ group, deeply touched by Dr. Deepak’s act of kindness, hosted a tea party to express their gratitude to him and celebrate Muskan’s recovery.

Dr. Deepak’s Perspective: Dr. Deepak emphasizes that the sequence of events leading to Muskan’s treatment felt like destiny, and he is elated to have been able to help her lead a normal life.

A Heartwarming Example: Muskan’s journey from accepting her fate to receiving life-changing surgery serves as a heartwarming example of the power of compassion and the impact one person can have on another’s life.

This story is a testament to the positive change that can happen when individuals come together to offer help and support to those in need, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances. It highlights the importance of kindness, empathy, and the ripple effect it can create in the lives of others.

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