Dr Bhakti Yadav, a 91 year old woman is the first woman MBBS graduate in Indore. With the concern towards the mankind, since 1948, she is treating all her patients for free and even at this old age, her charity is continuing. Recognizing her efforts, the Government of India has now awarded Padma Shri this year.
Her approach towards the patients is affectionate and she has been the hope for many to recover from their ailments. The senior doctor was born in 1926 in Mahidpur town of Ujjain district. After completing her schooling in Indore, she graduated from MGM Medical College in 1948 as the only woman in the batch.
She rejected a job in a government hospital and went on to join in Nandlal Bhandari Maternity Home to treat the wives of poor cloth mill workers. After a few years, she even started her own nursing home called Vatsalya in Pardeshipura. She has delivered thousands of babies, in 69 years, since her graduation, not even charging a rupee from any one of them.
Though her age is not allowing her to be as active as before, she is still keen to provide services to the public, until her last breath. When asked to react about Padma Shri award, she said, “I am happy that everyone is happy (after the announcement). What is important is that people get benefitted with my actions”.
She believes that a personal touch in treating her patients makes her feel alive and that many doctors lack this personal touch, which can be magical to the patients. In the days, where relieving from a normal fever itself, could cost some bundle of notes, people like Dr. Bhakti Yadav are surely the great inspiring personalities, the nation deserves to have.