movie review – Gifted hands

Gifted Hands is a movie based on the biography of a Dr. Ben Carlson who in 1987, gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head-an extremely complex and delicate operation that took Carlson five months of planning and twenty-two hours of actual surgery. At the age of just 33, he became the director of paediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins University Hospital.

Review by Cherisma Mongbijam


An inspiring tale of how hard-work and perseverance can help one unleash their true potential, the movie was such an eye-opener. It highlights the key role that his highly intelligent though relatively uneducated mother plays in his metamorphosis from an unmotivated ghetto youngster into one of the most respected neurosurgeons in the world.

There were many valuable life lessons which we can assimilate in our lives as well;the inculcation of the habit of reading from early on, the curiosity and enthusiasm to learn and how resilient the mother was throughout the upbringing of her two sons- to mention a few. The selflessness of Dr.Carlson when it comes to treating his patients and the outlook he had on life was truly applaudable.

The immense support aided by his wife throughout his journey is also worth a mention. The courage it took for him to prioritise serving mankind overlooking his own personal struggles is not a mere fable.It is something all the health workers face on an everyday basis.Giving us an insider’s view of the coming true of a medical miracle,Gifted Hands is a must watch.

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