Saturday, August 16, 2008

His tragic loss helps others gain sight

KURUTHU, India (CNN) -- In a single, tragic day, Chandrasekhar Sankurathri lost everything he loved.

More than 137,000 cataract surgeries have been performed at Chandrasekhar Sankurathri's eye hospital.

"Nobody should go through what I've been through in my life," he says.

Sankurathri's wife and two young children were flying on Air India Flight 182 from Ottawa, Canada, to Bombay, India (now known as Mumbai), in 1985 when a bomb exploded, killing everyone on board.

"I used to think maybe they landed someplace. Maybe somebody rescued them, you know," he says.

For three years he stumbled through his daily routine as a biologist in Ottawa, not wanting to believe the truth.

"I was really lost," he remembers.

After considerable soul-searching, Sankurathri made a decision few others might -- to turn his personal pain into an opportunity to help those less fortunate. In 1988, he quit his job, sold his home and returned to India, where he was born, and where he believed he could do the most good. Continue Reading >>

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