It was always Dr. Ridwan Mia’s aspiration to land himself in the medical field. The inspiration, he says, came from one of his uncles who happened to be a doctor in the North West city of Mahikeng.
His upbringing in a Muslim home, compounded with education at a Catholic school, taught Dr. Mia very well the importance of benefitting mankind through community service. He said: “There was this constant kind of education from a point of ‘benefit your community, benefit mankind [and] keep yourself aligned to the pathway where you help your community.”
Dr. Mia is arguably one of the leading Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons in Johannesburg. He is one of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa.
He made made global headlines after performing what has been described by many as a “ground-breaking” procedure done on Isabella “Pippie” Kruger. The 3-year-old sustained third degree burns over 80% of her body and had slim chances of survival, let alone leading a normal life following the incident. During the procedure, the young girl’s skin was cloned in order to cover her extensive burn wounds.\
The remarkable work was acknowledged when Dr. Mia was bestowed the National Order of the Baobab in April 2013 by then-President Jacob Zuma.
Ashraf Garda caught up with Dr. Mia on #TheAshrafGarda show this morning. Watch the full interview here:
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