Michigan native Kellie Lim, 26, has met not only the challenges of medical school, but has overcome the physical effects of being a triple amputee to graduate from UCLA’s medical school. At age 8, Lim contracted bacterial meningitis. She then suffered from toxic shock as a result of the illness and ended up losing both legs and her right arm. Being right handed, she was forced to learn how to do everything with her left hand, which has three missing fingertips. She spent years in wheelchairs undergoing painful therapy treatments to learn how to function in her new state, even after returning to school five months after recovering from her illness in Detroit with help from her blind mother.

Today, Lim walks on prosthetic legs, though she does not use a prosthetic arm. She can perform nearly all of her required medical procedures, such as giving injections and taking blood, with one arm. Her prosthetic legs sometimes give her painful skin ulcers, requiring her to sit sometimes when making her rounds. She will graduate on Friday with plans to specialize in pediatrics, especially focusing on childhood diseases and allergies. Perhaps she hopes to prevent other children from suffering from the same effects that she had to undergo in her life. However, this obviously doesn’t mean that such a disease should inhibit victims of these diseases from pursuing their careers.

For related articles, visit http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/05/27/amputee.student.ap/index.html and http://cbs13.com/national/local_story_147152359.html.

Be Sociable, Share!