At 3-year -old, having contracted polio, he was abandoned to Mother Teresa’s orphanage. He was admitted in the Rehabilitation centre for children for two years for the polio, in neighbouring out-of-town Howrah at the age of three. He, aged 7, was later adopted by a British nuclear physicist Dr. Patricia Lewis from the Missionaries of Charity, and taken to live in the UK. The same Gautama Lewis, 39-year-old polio-afflicted, still reliant on crutches from his childhood has graduated from South Hampton University to pursue a successful career in music and has now returned from London as an NRI.
Gautam Lewis was born in Kolkata, India, in 1977. He has been a UNESCO ambassador for the Global Polio Eradication initiative and runs Freedom in the Air (FITA) flying school for the disabled. He is now a commercial pilot himself and also runs a training school for disabled pilots in London.
Lewis has decided to attend the sainthood ceremony of the late Mother on September 4 and would show a film and photo exhibitions in the city where he was born. He made a 55-minute-long documentary film 'Mother Teresa & Me', which will be screened at the Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) at the Nandan multiplex, which is about the life of his second mother and her nuns who had rescued him. He has also worked with a number of music bands, and made a photo exhibition called 'Memories of Mother Teresa' which depicts Teresa's work with homeless children including portraits of abandoned children.
Mother Teresa is widely known for her humanitarian work, having founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta. She has selflessly dedicated her entire life to serve the poor and downtrodden, worked for the betterment of society tirelessly. She died at the age of 87 in Calcutta (now Kolkata). Mother Teresa was the recipient of numerous honours, including the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2003, she was beatified as "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".