Joined 7 years ago from Dubai
After graduating in 1969 from University, in the Fine Art of Sculpture, I worked as a Medical Sculptor as part of a project. It was the early days of silicone polymers and Dow Corning in collab with the VRA and a Plastic Surgery unit in Bombay wanted to develop the use of medical silicone polymers for the healthcare services. For five years, I used these medical silicone polymers to fabricate external facial restorative prostheses, mammary and finger prostheses.
By 1974, I was kind of burnt out and decided to go back to my art calling. So in September of that year I had my very first exhibition of creative Sculptures. After the exhibition, I lived as a free lancer, making handicrafts for boutiques, and creative furniture, aside from selling my drawing poems to a few patrons.
By the beginning of 1975, I had the urge to develop life like cosmetic hand glove prostheses for those with partial hand loss. I put all my cash into this idea until I was broke. But by mid 1975 I had made the first ever hand glove in India. It was an import substitution for gloves being imported from Germany and the UK. Around the same time, I wrote a project on Facial Prosthetics and it was accepted by the Gujarat Cancer & Research Centre at Ahmadabad. So I relocated to Ahmadabad to set up a lab for that Centre. What was required was to create life like restorative camouflage devices for those cancer patients who had undergone radical resections of facial tumours.
In 1978, I began experimenting with materials and methods to create cosmetic restorative gloves for partial hand loss once again. So I left my job to set up my own studio lab dedicated to this purpose. With finance from a bank, I built a rotational casting machine and had special electroformed molds made. The idea was to rotationally cast poly vinyl chloride plastisol. However, it failed for various technical reasons and I was dead broke. Then I hit upon an idea to make Araldite molds over my wax models and later melt out the wax. In the empty mold, I would slush PVC and cure it in my old convection oven. It worked and I was back in business. Being the only one in India who could make this product, patients were referred from all over India. For those who could not travel, I would go on tour to take measurements and to deliver their products. This time, I had neither the time nor inclination to keep books and finally the bank took me to court.
In 1985, I went to Dubai where the particular government hospital wanted to add this facility to its existing prosthetics & orthotics workshop. Thus, the UAE got its very first and only facility for what is today known as Anaplastology lab. That was 25 years ago. While I retired in 2005 at the age of 60, my services were retained in a locum capacity until this day, the 28th of August 2011.
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