Dr.H.Adenwalla, the smile maker doctor

Dr.H.Adenwalla, the smile maker through years


I knew Dr.Adenwalla personally, when I worked in Jubilee mission Hospital, Trichur (then), Kerala, India through my working in general Surgery, in 1974-1975 period. He joined JMH, in 1958 as a young doctor who was then all in all, doing casualty work, setting fractures, and doing general surgical and ENT work in a restricted space and limited technical resources set up. Since then, the growth of JMH was phenomenal, and now it is a teaching hospital with many blocks of multi storey buildings. When I worked there were other two surgeons, both of them also from Bombay, and two junior doctors. Everyday he starts early at 8 am dressed in his white shots, T shirt, and with his Integral round lens spectacles. After the out patient clinics, he goes for a ward round, which is very elaborate, time consuming and one should have a lot of patience to follow him. So is the case in assisting abdominal surgical operations, and plastic surgical operations like repairing cleft lip and palate. He does it meticulously and devotes a very long time to get the best result. About 25 years ago, when I went to Thrissur, I heard someone calling me ‘Dr.George’, and passed his gratitude to me for doing the cleft palate operation so satisfactorily. I corrected him, saying that I was only an assistant to Dr.Adenwalla. In fact , hardly anybody can detect that the person in front of me was born with a cleft palate, such was the precision of Dr.Adenwalla’s job. What I gather now is that he has performed 16000 such operations, without having a super speciality qualification in plastic surgery. So his name goes with the smile maker doctor.I remember him going with his daughter to Banerjee Club, Thrissur to play lawn tennis, and if he sees me returning home, he will stop to give me a lift. Once he told me about a painful incident. One day,when he walked with his wife near the park, close to Banerjee Club, some miscreant boy threw cow dung at them. He tried to chase the boy unsuccessfully,smeared with the cow dung. Every month, JMH doctors get together, and the evening party will be hosted by the head of each department in turn. If he finds, that any of us are not sober, he would personally take the trouble to take us to our home in the midnight. Every month he will chair a clinical meeting, and he has had the gift of the gab in presenting the surgical cases.He attended my wedding, and the last time I met was in 1989, when I briefly settled in India. Dr.Adenwalla was an extremely dedicated person, the happiness of the patient was his first concern. He was 90 years old when he passed away peacefully in May 2020, leaving heaps of memories .


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