Dr. Alan Davies Alappat, 59“The purpose of life is a life of purpose” Robert Byrne
The purpose of life is a life of purpose”
In 1972, Dr Alan Davis Alapatt was planning to immigrate to the US. He didn’t know that his decision to stay back would change the lives of thousands in India. Last year, he entered the Limca Book of Records for offering free polio immunisation vaccines to over 19,000 children. Since 1994, he also runs a free clinic for the Warli tribal community in Talwada, Maharashtra. There, he has treated more than 20,000 villagers; cured hundreds of people of leprosy; opened an old age home for abandoned silvers; and set up a rainwater harvesting project. Dr Alapatt works well past midnight at his clinic in Mumbai every day. But he still finds time to organise picnics for AIDS-afflicted children, and to perform free cornea removal surgeries for eye banks. This compassionate hero still believes he has a long way to go—and a lot more to give.