- Dr Thakgalo Thibela is one of the many medics that are putting their lives on the line in the fight against COVID-19
- The young lady, only 21, recently graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree, making her one of the youngest medics
- She has her sights set on becoming a neurosurgeon, probably the youngest ever
While the fight against Coronavirus continues, a 21-year-old lady is the newest medical personnel to be helping out.
Dr Thakgalo Thibela, who just bagged a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, is one of the youngest medical doctors in South Africa.
The South African lady who hails from Violetbank, a rural village in Bushbuckridge, in Mpumalanga said it has always been her dream to be a doctor.
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In an interview with Saturday Star, seen by Legit.ng, Thibela said it wasn't easy achieving such a feat as being a medical doctor at 21 and added that her family were proud of her.
“My parents are educated, so education is something that is emphasised at home. I was fortunate to grow up in a middle-class home, so almost everything we required was provided and any study guides I needed I got. I guess that helped me better focus on my studies. My family are very proud of me.”
She said despite the challenges that come with dealing with patients and working as a medic, her joy knows no bound seeing her patients happy. She said:
“The gratitude patients have after receiving help brings me so much joy. Seeing smiles on patients faces after a consultation or when they get discharged from hospital is why I love this job so much. I’ve always wanted to help people and medicine has given me the platform to do just that.”
The young medic is aspiring to be a neurosurgeon as, according to her, she has always been fascinated by how the brain and nervous systems worked.
Thibela advised youths aspiring to be doctors to start early in making extensive research about their preferred university and their requirements and then work towards meeting those requirements.
Sowetan Live reports that her father is a manager at a local municipality while her mum is a primary school teacher.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported how a 16-year-old girl became a beauty store business owner.
The teenager, Paris Kenzie, shared some super exciting news about becoming the youngest beauty supply business owner at the tender age of 16.
While Paris didn't disclose how she happened to come by her newfound success, she did share pictures of herself smiling quite proudly in front of her business.