Who has not heard the name of Dr. M L Saraf? Every person having an orthopedic problem would have benefited from his knowledge either directly or indirectly. We say this because he has treated thousands of patients on his own. In addition he has taught the finer points of orthopedic medicine to thousands of students as well from all over India. Hence, any orthopedic doctor treating you in India would have been influenced at some point or the other by Dr. M L Saraf. Is that not proof enough?
An absolute authority on the subject of orthopedics, M L Saraf has had an immensely successful career until date. We are not referring to the amount of money he might have or might not have earned. We refer to the number of patients who he has treated over the past four and a half decades. This includes an innumerable number of poor villagers from the outskirts of Mumbai, India who he has treated free. This is the greatness of Dr. M L Saraf.
Very few people in the world do not know what it is to come second in any activity. The former Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh is one such person. Dr. M L Saraf is another. Ironically, Dr. Manmohan Sigh has also been one of his patients at one point in time. Dr. M L Saraf has the distinction of treating a number of high-profile patients. This includes the Afghan Premiere Dr. Hamid Karzai, the US President Bill Clinton, the former Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, the thespian Dilip Kumar, etc. The list could go on and on.
However, do you think Dr. M L Saraf enjoyed treating such high-profile patients? Literally speaking he loves treating every patient, irrespective of caste, creed, and color. In fact, he loves treating the underprivileged people more in comparison to the high-profile ones. Dr. Saraf is of the opinion that the rich people have innumerable alternatives whereas the underprivileged poor do not have anyone.
This has not been an overnight decision. Dr. M l Saraf had observed the travails of the poor when he was doing his medical internship at the KEM Hospital in Mumbai. He used to see these patients struggle to reach the hospital from their villages. The treatment at the hospital is free but the traveling is not. This can break the spine of the poor people. An orthopedic specialist in every sense of the word, Dr. M L Saraf would never allow this to happen. He took a decision at that instant that these poor people deserve to have the benefit of his expertise.
In order to achieve proficiency in the subject, he enrolled at the University of Liverpool for doing his Masters in the subject. He cleared the course with flying colors thereby enabling him to come back to India and indulge in his passion of providing the best health care to the poor and underprivileged villagers. The blessings of such poor people can outweigh any wealth in the world.