Subhasini Mistry was 23 years old when she lost her husband — not to an incurable disease but because she could not afford the treatment. With no proper education or economic security, she was left to fend for herself and her four children. She started working as domestic help and vowed to build a hospital to make sure that others who could not afford treatment were not helpless. From being a domestic help to laying bricks, she took up every job that came her way. Sometimes, she even took her children to work. But despite that, she could not afford to take care of all four children and had to send two of them to an orphanage. With the money she saved over the years, she bought a small plot. She began asking people for donations, from beds to requesting doctors to treat patients for free. Almost 50 years after she started her mission, in 1996, she built Humanity Hospital, in a village near Kolkata, brick by brick.
In 2009, she won the Godfrey Phillips Award for bravery. She was one of the women who received the Women Transforming India Award in 2017.