It all started on an evening in 1948, with Drs. Lourdes and Leslie Fernandez relaxing after a day’s work in the balcony of their home in Bogulkunta, in the heart of Hyderabad. Dr. Leslie proposed to his wife again – this time to start a small clinic in a two-room structure right across the street. Dr. Lourdes, then an obstetrician at Niloufer Hospital, had her apprehensions, but they decided to forge ahead and set up the humble Stork Home Clinic, catering to the local community. Hard work and a strong doctor-patient bond saw the two-bed clinic grow in popularity and expand to 40 beds in a few years. Their clientele also started to include the womenfolk from the Nizam’s nearby King Koti Palace..