Pioneering British Indian surgeon Vijay Kakkar whose revolutionary work on blood clot prevention has died aged 79.
The vascular surgeon and research scientist’s findings on how to prevent blood clots in patients undergoing surgery have saved millions of lives.
His devotion to the cause came after the deaths of two post-operative patients at King’s College Hospital London, in 1965, where Kakkar was a young research fellow.
Clots are responsible for about 80 per cent of fatal heart attacks and strokes worldwide, and present a major risk for anyone undergoing surgery.
After arriving in Britain from India in 1961 to complete his postgraduate surgical training, Kakkar soon became interested in the treatment of thromboembolism.