Dr Bhakti Yadav, the 91 year old MBBS graduate from Indore, the first female doctor still treating patients, for free since 1948 when people younger to her are retiring from their jobs has been conferred with the Padma Shri award this year.
Dr Bhakti is hope for many patients who approach her to be treated for ailments, as she approaches all her patients with utmost affection and concern.
In the 69 years of her service, she has delivered thousands of babies, and that too without charging any money from the mothers.
Recently, several patients suffering from infertility have been reaching out to Dr Bhakti and have been treated successfully.
Though the gynaecologist has entered her nonagenarian period, she still continues to help people who approach her and also wishes to be a torch to other till her last breath. 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.
Born in 1926 in Mahidpur town of Ujjain district, she completed her schooling in Indore. She became the first lady doctor in Indore after graduating from MGM Medical College in 1948 as the only woman from her batch.
Rejecting an initial job offer in a government hospital, she joined Nandlal Bhandari Maternity Home to treat the wives of poor cloth mill workers. After heading the maternity home for a few decades, she started her nursing home called Vatsalya in Pardeshipura area.
Though she has been bedridden for the last two months after she fell and sustained fractures, this has not pulled her down from serving for the society. On being asked to comment on her award, she said in an interview with The Times Of India, “I am happy that everyone is happy (after the announcement). What is important is that people get benefitted with my actions”.