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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Kunwar
Kaushelendra (KK) Singh and his
wife, Family Physician and Addiction
Specialist Dr Nidhi Singh, have been
serving the medical profession in An-
tigua and Barbuda for over 22 years.

C
oming from a traditional Indian back-
ground, both recall their parents had a
strong influence in determining their career
paths. From childhood, they were encour-
aged to compete with high standards among
other science students in a large population.

As “KK” remembers: “I entered medical
school at age 17. I was never really interested
in medicine and had actually commenced
studying engineering after the results of
equivalent CXC Levels in India indicated
that I would become an engineer. However,
that lasted for only three days, since my
father pulled me out of that engineering col-
ORTHO MEDICAL ASSOCIATES:
lege and sent me to study biology to prepare
for exams equivalent to A Levels.”

Even after completing medical school Mixing Love With Medicine
in 1974, general medicine did not interest
him. However, he had developed an interest
in very definitive treatments, and became
curious about orthopaedics, because of the
straightforward nature of this specialised area “I was lucky to be trained by many me great pride to give this required service,
and the skill required to master it. professors, in different countries, including and to treat people here because of this

Professor Sir John Golding before he retired. divine dream.”
“I believe that because I’ve always liked
He literally held my hand and taught me
mechanical engineering, I became very He and wife Nidhi moved to Antigua in
even the most difficult techniques in surger-
interested in, what I term, a sort of bio-me- 1986, where he was appointed consultant
ies,” he recalls, admiration still gleaming inn
chanical engineering,” KK says. Exposing orthopaedic surgeon by the government and
his eyes. “He was gifted with the talents of
his proverbial “funny bone,” he explains that, began orthopaedic specialty services at both
improvising most modern techniques and
“In local terms, I am a body man. When cars Holberton Hospital and Adelin Medical
instrumentation of surgical procedures in
get into accidents, they go to a body shop to Centre. KK found himself providing ‘round
our local Caribbean setting, to suit our lim-
be repaired, while the human bodies come to the clock service to patients locally and in
ited resources, and still provide the highest
me to be repaired. While the mechanic fixes the sub-region, as the only orthopaedic
standard of surgical care at the same time.
the car, I fix the bodies and bring them back surgeon since then.
This rubbed off on me, and has benefitted
to their normal function.”

me over the years here while providing care His wife remembers this period of her
His quest to become a highly skilled or-
in Antigua.” husband’s life quite well since, as she explains

thopaedic surgeon led him from India to Ja- it, “He was always on call. No matter what
The professor was also instrumental
maica, after completing his masters degree in time of night it was, whenever the patients
in KK’s migration to Antigua. When he
orthopaedic surgery. There, he was trained needed him, he had to leave home to attend
completed his training as a consultant in the
by the late professor Sir John Golding of the to them.”
80’s, the OECS territories had no orthopae-
University of the West Indies Mona Campus
dic surgeon, and Sir John encouraged KK As a physician, she too has served in
as a consultant in his specialty. KK speaks
to move to Antigua to serve this group of various specialty positions at Holberton
very highly of his mentor, whom he credits
islands. Hospital, in addition to her elevation to
with being the first orthopaedic surgeon in
district medical officer responsible for
the English-speaking Caribbean, with the “Before I came to Antigua, patients requir-
Parham, Seatons, Pares, Wilikies, St Phillips,
second highest record in the world, at that ing orthopaedic surgery would be required
Newfield, Bethesda, and Freetown.
time, for spinal surgery for scoliosis. to travel to Jamaica for treatment. It was the
vision and wisdom of Professor Golding for After a short time on island, KK saw the
me to serve Antigua and the neighbouring need for a private practice, and took over a
islands,” KK recounts, noting that, “It gives space previously occupied by Dr Ivor Heath
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