Ola Orekunrin is a 24 year old medical doctor who is a native of Nigeria and lived in England for some time. Being that young and having a MD itself is impressive but even more amazing, Ola passed her medical boards at the age of 21, making her england’s youngest doctor. And as if that wasn’t enough, Ola is the founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, the first air ambulance service in West Africa. She was also a fellow last year at TED, the global conference where the world’s brightest share their ideas. But with all her sucess, Ola has also experienced some challenges. Ola and her sister were foster children to a Caucasian family because her biological parents could not take care of them. In addition, one of her sisters died at the age of 12 from sicle cell anemia, a disease that effects the blood cells. Ola cites that tragedy as the reason she became a doctor, as well as the reason she started Flying Doctors Nigeria. She says that her sister was just one of many, many people who she saw die in Nigeria due to poor medical care. Ola recognizes all that she has achieved, but realizes she has the potential to do great things. She plans to continue giving back and be a major part of changing the face of healthcare in her home land.
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