We are at a point in time where people are dying easily without a cause, and most of these deaths are alleged to be the negligence of the duty of doctors. Myself is an example of medical negligence. Many of you know my story and others don't, and I make sure to use it story to explain to every graduating class the need to be vigilant as they graduate, Prof Natalie Obeng, the Presbyterian senior professor said to the class of graduating General Medical Practitioners as they took their graduating photo.
Prof Natalie used herself as an example so the class can take a lesson from her story. She was a vibrant young woman in her twenties, newly married when a doctor took her womb away without a blink. The then Natalie Opoku-Assimah, married to one Opoku-Assimah, was going through a series of painful sleepless nights when her doctor confirmed she had an infection at the tip of her womb.
If this infection goes on, you will die, the doctor said to her. She was not even given a week to think about it as the doctor put her into a state of dilemma making her fearful of dying and agreeing to an operation that took away her womb and life.
For twenty-five years now, Prof Natalie has not been able to mother a child because of the medical negligence of her doctor at the beginning of her young life. It was later discovered it wasn't an infection but a fibroid that was taken to be an infection by her doctor.
The doctor apologised and that was it. She lost her marriage when her husband couldn't sit with a barren woman and divorced her. The tears from such life, made her take science as life and became a professor in anatomy. She has since used herself as a motivation and inspiration to every graduating class she comes across, and it wasn't different when her students were preparing to graduate.
The General Practitioner class which was taken by Prof Natalie Obeng five years ago from level one will be graduating in November after the class finishes taking their roundup exams. The professor hopes her story will change the students as they prepare to take on the world with their studies.
Remember my story, and save lives for the country. My life was ruined but I bounced back, other people cannot bounce back when dead, so stick to your teachings of the medical profession and go heal the sick, and save lives, the professor said in bidding farewell to her students.
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