I was born in Ireland and my family moved back to South Africa when I was a baby. I grew up in Durban and spent many weeks of my life in hospital as an asthma patient. This was the spark that created my desire to be part of the world of medicine. Visits to the Paediatrician were always exciting for me. I wanted to be on the other side of that desk one day.
I graduated from the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine in 2005 and was posted to Cape Town for my internship at the Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Hospitals. This was where my love for Paediatric Surgery began. There was no going back. I was utterly captivated by the courage and strength of my patients and thrilled at how my intervention could change their lives. I completed my community service at Eerste River Hospital in the Stellenbosch Winelands and my love and respect for the art and vocation of surgery continued to grow.
I took a sabbatical year in 2009. I worked as the trauma doctor at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and spent my many days off enjoying life and experiencing what it had to offer. In 2010 however, I was ready to resume the path towards my dream. Sacrificing my home in Cape Town, I went to the largest hospital in the Southern hemisphere, Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, to earn the privilege of being a Surgeon, promising Cape Town that I would one day return. I worked on the Wits adult surgery circuit for 3 years before being accepted into the Paediatric Surgery program and proudly graduated in 2017.