06.03.2015 - News

The patient who became a doctor

Great determination

Dr. Tall still bears the after-effects of the polio that afflicted her during her childhood. But thanks to her determination and support from Tdh, she managed to overcome this obstacle in a most remarkable way. “I felt the need to write to you to express my thanks,” explains Dr. Tall in her letter. She was cared for by Tdh in Senegal 35 years ago. Her mobility could be improved thanks to a brace, and strengthened by her renewed independence and confidence, she pursued her studies and obtained her Doctorate in medicine in 2004.

A virtuous circle

Since then, she has specialized in neurology as well as physical and rehabilitation medicine. “I lead my life as a doctor with many projects and ambitions aiming to promote independence for people living with disabilities,” writes Dr. Tall. For the last ten years, she has been working in a rehabilitation center for children with motor disabilities. Her life story has even taken the shape of a virtuous circle, since Dr. Tall recently took care of a little girl who is also a Terre des hommes beneficiary. “You can see in me the fruits of your efforts in Africa to give disabled children dignity and opportunity as well as to let them be valued as active members of society who can confront the many structural, psychological, social, and cultural barriers.”

As part of its specialised care programme, Terre des hommes aims to ensure access to treatment for all children with serious illnesses.