Year : 2019 | Volume
: 53 | Issue : 3 | Page : 488-
Prof. HKT Raza (1956-2019)
An “Admirer”, A “Protégé”
Dr. Jamal Ashraf
UM & TC, B2247 Indira Nagar, Lucknow - 226 016, UP
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In the wake of a sudden death, normal ceases to exist. They are there and then they are gone: in an instant, in a moment the existence of which is not only hard to believe but equally painful to come to terms with. Nothing can be more cruel, nothing can be more agonizing. To come to terms with sudden death is like coming to terms with that birthday gift which you never wanted. Prof. H. K. T. Raza was a gift which we all treasured but never felt that he would be snatched away from us by the cruel hands of death. He exited this world in the wee hours of March 14, 2019, following a massive myocardial infarction. To believe that he is no more is to believe that the sun shall rise from the west. He left us but he didn't depart alone. He took along with him a little part of each one of us – his friends, his colleagues, his students, and his kin. To whom his untimely demise was a death blow.
Prof. H. K. T. Raza did his medical graduation from the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India, in 1978. Following his postgraduation in orthopedics in 1982, he pursued a career in spinal surgery. His devotion and zest to treat spinal injuries led him to establish the Regional Spinal Injury Center at his alma mater in Jabalpur. The center is known to have treated more than 5000 patients of spinal injury till date, an achievement which speaks volumes of the indomitable spirit of Prof. H. K. T. Raza.
Besides being an astute clinician and a wonderful surgeon, Prof. H. K. T. Raza was a thorough administrator, an organizer to be precise. If he would have been a boatman, then he would have known the names of every wave of the sea. On the eve of the IOACON 1998 in Jabalpur, for which he was the organizing secretary, each one of us found his organizational skills as magical. He was elected as the Secretary of the IOA for two terms. He rose to the highest ranks of the Indian Orthopaedic Association and became its youngest President in 2006.
Despite reaching the pinnacle of success at the Indian Orthopaedic Association, Prof. H. K. T. Raza still pursued his passion. He was instrumental in India joining the Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association in 2001. At the APOA too, Prof. H. K. T. Raza worked hard to first get elected to the APOA Council and subsequently to become its President in 2010, thus becoming the first Indian to preside the august body. Along with Dr. Robert Bauze and Dr. David McNicol, he conceptualised a Federation of National Orthopaedic Associations of the Asia Pacific region, which had been mooted for years without progressing, and which has since come to fruition. His commitment to the Indian society was also phenomenal. He was the founder of the Association of Social Orthopaedics, a value-based organization dealing with issues which plague the society.
The passing away of this gentle soul is an irreparable loss not only to Indian but also to orthopedics across the globe. He shall be remembered for his kind and affectionate smile. It would be difficult to forget his warm loving hug or his earnest whole-hearted handshake. It is said that those who are good die early because even the God wants them up there. Death may have stolen Prof. H. K. T. Raza from among us, but he will continue to live in each one of his admirers, students, and patients. Remember friends, no one is actually dead, until the ripples they cause in the world, die away.