- Alexandra Adams, a 25-year-old lady who is in her fourth year in medical school, is about to become the first deafblind doctor
- Registered blind, Alexander said her colleagues doubt her abilities to practice even though patients' comments have been encouraging
- The 25-year-old also spoke how she was sent home from her first hospital placement because the senior doctor does not believe anyone would require her service
When a person is very committed to their goal, no challenge is big enough. Alexandra Adams, a 25-year-old medical student in her fourth year, is about to become the first deafblind medical doctor.
Daily Mail reports that the 25-year-old student was registered blind as she employs the use of cane and ear aid to cope with walking and hearing.
She said though the reactions from many patients have been motivating, her colleagues have great reservations about her abilities.
Alexander recalled how she was sent home from her very first hospital placement because the senior doctor believed no one would want the attention of a disabled doctor.
Alexandra Adams narrated how she was sent home from her first hospital placement because the senior doctor didn't believe patients would need her. Photo source: DailyMail
“It was on my first day of placement, a senior doctor came up to me and said 'Imagine you're a patient, would you want a disabled doctor treating you? Absolutely not'
“And then they sent me home, sent me home on my first day. It's meant to be the most exciting day of medical school, but it was my most disappointing,” she said.
Alexandra said she would not allow what others think about her discourage her or make her cry as that would not do anything to help her.
She said that though she is not going to be a neurosurgeon because of her sight, she can function in many areas that require more than dr*gs, blood tests and scans.
“I'm obviously not going to be a neurosurgeon, I'm registered blind. But there are so many things I can do
“Because I've had a lot of emotional challenges, I can see the perspective of life and it's so much more than the dr*gs and the blood tests and the scans,” she said.
The 25-year-old who has been into intensive care six different times said her experience about hospital has built her emotional intelligence, a rarity she said it is among most doctors.