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Ali Gripper - Inspirational Story of Dr Sanduk Ruit

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

We talk to journalist Ali Gripper about her book, The Barefoot Surgeon' on our 'In The Spirit of Things Conversations' coming up. Ali Gripper has written features for newspapers and magazines for more than two decades including Good Weekend, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the Daily Telegraph, the South China Morning Post and Country Style Magazine. She worked closely with Dr Ruit for three years to write his life story.

About The Barefoot Surgeon

The Barefoot Surgeon is the story of a boy who grew up in a tiny, remote village in the Himalayas who became a medical giant of Asia.

Born into the lowest tiers of a rigid caste system, Sanduk Ruit had absolutely nothing to his name: no money, and no connections. In a society where success is so often dependent on patrons, he relied on sheer willpower to overcome all the odds and become one of the most respected ophthalmologists in the world.

Sanduk Ruit has restored sight to more than 130,000 people through his unique, stitch-free intraocular eye surgery which he performs at his hospitals, and by taking his mobile surgeries to some of the most remote villages in the world.

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