New Delhi: Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman displayed exemplary courage in face of adversity, yes, but his parents are no less.Also Read - This Twitter Account of IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman is FAKE

Abhinandan Varthman comes from a family of uniform, with his father Air Marshal Varthaman having served the Indian Air Force for nearly 40 years and having played a significant role in the Kargil war- but few know that his mother is a titan herself. Also Read - BCCI Releases Special India Jersey to Welcome IAF Pilot Abhinandan Varthaman's Return to India Ahead of 1st ODI | SEE PIC

Dr Shobha Varthaman, is a well known doctor, who has served in conflict-ridden areas like Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Liberia, Iraq and Iran. She has volunteered with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF or Doctors without borders). Also Read - Virat Kohli Bow Down in Front of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, Calls Him Real Hero of Nation Ahead of 1st ODI vs Australia | SEE PIC

An alumna of Madras Medical College, Dr Shobha Varthaman (66), an anesthesiologist, did her specialization from the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

A friend close to the family told media that Dr Varthaman served as the MSF medical director on the Iran-Iraq border and was involved in providing healthcare services in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake.

Group Captain TK Singha, a retired fighter pilot who knows the Varthamans, in an article written for the Northeast Now, said, “During the Second Gulf War, in Sulemaniyah, Iraq, Dr Shobha encountered life-threatening experience of a suicide-bomb blast. In Iran, she taught Pranayama to her patients for promoting healing.”

Dr. Varthaman is a specialist in anesthesia, intensive care and pain management.