Akash Manoj is one of those prodigies who is born to make it big in life and by his achievements make a positive impact on thousands of lives. Akash Manoj has invented a device which can detect ‘silent heart attack’ and help the patient save his life by taking medical assistance before it is too late. It is interesting to note that ‘Silent Heart Attack’ is not only a major problem in India but all over the world. This invention of Akash could put an end to increasing death rate due to ‘Silent Heart Attack’.
Death due to heart attacks are common in India, and the symptoms of Heart Attack are also well known to most of the people but symptoms of ‘Silent Heart Attack’ is seldom known to people, and this is the main reason why people mistake ‘Silent Heart Attack’ for uneasiness or shortage of breath as ‘Silent Heart Attack’ may never show any symptoms at all. If the person is a diabetic or is suffering from high blood pressure the chances of having a silent heart attack increases manifold.
Akash experienced this in first hand when his grandfather who was suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure had a silent heart attack, collapsed and died. That’s when Akash embarked on a journey to create a device that could detect ‘silent heart attack’ so that precious lives could be saved. He developed the device when he was studying in class X making him one of the youngest inventors of India.
Akash says he loves to read books related to science and aeronautics and these two are his favourite topics. He spends most of his time reading in the library. Right from when he was studying in class VIII Akash used to travel an hour to go to the library in the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, and he is grateful to the library as the access to library has provided him with an opportunity to get access to journals and other literature which would have otherwise cost him crores of rupees to get his hands on.
After reading several kinds of literature on medical, Akash developed the device which can be placed around the wrist or the back of the ear. The device releases a small ‘positive’ impulse which attracts the negatively charged protein released by the heart to signal a heart attack. If the quantity of this protein – FABP3 is high, the person must seek immediate medical attention.
15-year-old Akash Manoj who hails from Hosur, Tamil Nadu gives all the credits of his invention to his great parents. Akash says all that he has achieved till now including inventing the device was possible because his parents never forced him to do well academically. They were of the opinion that in the real world, it is the practical knowledge that matters and not the marks scored by a student in his exams. Akash says it is because of the support of parents that he could achieve whatever he has achieved at this small age.
Akash Manoj was a guest at Rashtrapati Bhavan and had spent two weeks at the Bhavan as a part of the Innovation Scholars In-residence Programme held when Pranab Mukherjee was the President of India. Akash who had great interest in science and aeronautics as a kid had taken part in several science workshops, symposiums, aviation workshops representing his school, The Ashok Leyland School in Hosur, Tamil Nadu. Akash has also been at the two-week programme at NASA in the US in 2013 and was hugely inspired by the massive rocket launcher that was there at NASA.
Even though Akash has applied for a patent, he has no intentions of making money by selling his patent to a private company but wants to collaborate with the Government of India to develop the device on a large scale so that it helps lakhs of people and their family who have to suffer due to the untimely death of their dear ones. This child prodigy dreams of going to All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi to pursue his favourite subject – Cardiology.
Akash had made Indians proud by his amazing achievement at such a young age, and it seems like he will take the medical sciences of the country to greater heights by his contributions in the future. We request you to share this amazing story with all your friends and family members as it may inspire the younger generation to take up research and make the country proud by their innovation.