Upenn is an up-and-coming GP in South Africa who has been on the frontline of an outbreak of coronavirus.
In the past two years, she has treated more than 500 patients and has a long list of credentials, including being a world-renowned surgeon, a world champion arthroscopic surgeon and a senior fellow at the University of Oxford.
She said she was keen to give people the confidence to trust themselves and to make an informed decision about which treatments were right for them.
“I think the first thing that people need to do is to make the decision whether or not they are going to do a full or partial transplant of organs,” she said.
“And if you’re a fully-fledged organ donor, the organ you give is not going to be the one that’s going to go to someone else.
So it’s important to make that decision, and to trust yourself.”
You know, I’ve been on a lot of transplant lists.
I know that in some cases, that is the only organ that’s available.
But when I look at the organ donation options, I know there’s lots of other options, too.
“So, I have a very strong view that I’m a fully fledged organ donor.
And the fact that I’ve worked in this field and have a reputation and the fact I’ve performed surgery and have had to make decisions that are based on this expertise, I think it’s very important to get people in the right mindset.”‘
This is my own journey’It was upenn’s father, an orthopaedic surgeon, who encouraged her to give up her profession and get involved in community care.
“He said ‘I want you to make a choice to give your organs, because you’re my daughter, and I’m proud of you.
You’re going to have to make your decision about the organs you give.'”
And I think, at that point, I really thought, ‘I’ve done this before, I’m going to make this decision myself.’
I’m not going for it right now, but in five years time, I’ll have done everything that I can to make it work.
It’s my own story, and this is my story.
“It’s not like I’m giving up my profession because I’ve become a successful surgeon or I’ve got a successful business.
My dad said ‘You can do it, you’re going down this path, this is your own journey.'””
I’m going through the same journey, but now I know I have to have confidence that I will make the right decision.”
In the meantime, I am looking forward to the future and I hope that it will be different for me in the future.
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