But he didn't. His family chose to live in the rural areas, to serve the broader community.
His presentation was incredible, varying between a comfortable coffee-shop camaraderie and moments of somber reflections.
These deformities weren't detected simply because the diagnosis is free. All it took was to place the newborn face down and spring their legs apart. If their legs quickly moved back, the joints were in the sockets and everything was peaceable.
Local doctors, however, were reluctant to check - they fear being blamed for this inherent disability. They weren't paid anyway.
And do you have any idea what is the cost for correcting this deformity? Be prepared for an incredible answer. It was so brilliant that none of us would have guessed.
An extra diapers. All it requires is for the baby to wear an extra diapers for the next few years - there is a good 70 - 80 percent chance that the joint will pop back into the socket and a person, saved from a lifetime of waddling.
It was heartwarming to learn of his experiences, to know that there are people out there fighting for what they believe in.
But what struck me was a friend's response prior to the talk.
"Listening to such people only make me feel inferior."
A shadowy something draped over my vision.
These people existed not to make us fell inferior or helpless or banal, but to help us understand whom we can be.
Dr Tan Lai Yong.
They let us know what can be.