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(KTVI)-Dr. Subbarao Polineni was born in poverty in India. He was raised primarily by his grandmother, lost his mother at age 13, and he was estranged from his father. He was taken in by an uncle, made his way to college and med school, and then a very successful surgical career in the United States. He has been a practicing hand surgeon in St. Louis for more than 30 years.

But he never forgot where he came from. Drawn to a life of philanthropy, Dr. Polineni participated in medical humanitarian work in Haiti then went on to provide surgical care to those in need in India.

He started the Bright Life Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of “at risk” children in the United States and India. They have been working with orphans, street children, and those infected with or affected by HIV in Andhra Pradesh, India providing free education, room and board, health care, and counseling services.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Stephen Deere and photographer J.B. Forbes spent 10 days in India with the seemingly tireless doctor and his wife.

For more on Dr. Polineni and his work, look for special coverage in Sunday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Website: The Bright Life Foundation