In a somber moment for the medical community and society at large, Dr. S S Badrinath, the distinguished vitreoretinal surgeon and founder of Sankara Nethralaya, breathed his last at the age of 83 due to old age, according to a source at the hospital.
Dr. Badrinath, a native of Chennai, dedicated his life to ensuring affordable eyecare for millions of people through the renowned institution he founded.
Survived by his wife, Dr. Vasanthi Badrinath, a pediatrician, and two sons, Ananth and Seshu, Dr. Badrinath’s passing has prompted an outpouring of condolences from various quarters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing deep sorrow, acknowledged Dr. Badrinath as a visionary and expert in ophthalmology whose contributions to eyecare and relentless service to society have left an indelible mark. The Prime Minister added that Dr. Badrinath’s work will continue to inspire generations, extending condolences to his family and loved ones.
Tamil Nadu Governor R N Ravi hailed Dr. Badrinath as the epitome of extraordinary vision, selfless service, and compassion. Through Sankara Nethralaya, Dr. Badrinath touched the lives of millions of poor and needy, earning condolences from the Governor.
Chief Minister M K Stalin expressed sadness over the demise of the renowned ophthalmologist, emphasizing Dr. Badrinath’s commitment to providing free eyecare for the poor and his dedication to the well-being of society.
AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami also paid tribute to Dr. Badrinath, highlighting his institution’s contribution in providing vision to numerous individuals. The Kanchi Math acknowledged Dr. S S Badrinath’s unparalleled devotion and service to Their Holiness Pujya Shankaracharya Swamigals.
With abundant blessings, he served society and the nation through Vaidya seva for several decades, prompting prayers for his sadgati. The passing of Dr. S S Badrinath marks the end of an era in eyecare, but his legacy of compassion and service will undoubtedly endure.