A deafblind medical student is following her dream of becoming a doctor. 25-year-old Alexandra Adams, is a third-year medical student at Cardiff University.
Born deafblind, she has experienced bullying as a child and also while training as she works towards her dream as a doctor. Alexandra says she was sent home after facing discrimination from a doctor while training. Bullying now as an adult is much worse than when I was in school. On my first day of placement, a doctor came up to me and said, ''Imagine if you were a patient, would you want a disabled doctor treating you? Absolutely not.'' And I was sent home.
I went home and that was the first time I sat there and thought is medicine really for me? Another doctor looked at me with disgust and said ''I don't want you touching any of the patients.'' We need a culture change in workplaces, not just in the NHS, but in all kinds of work. – A Welsh Government spokesperson responded saying: “Bullying and discrimination are totally unacceptable in NHS Wales. We expect the NHS to be a place where all staff feel valued and supported.”
The medical student from Cardiff is completely deaf without hearing aids and her sight is gradually deteriorating. Despite disliking sciences in school, she was inspired to become a doctor after spending a 18 months in hospital for a number of operations on her stomach. Alexandra decided to become a doctor after she spent 18 months in hospital. Although she is stronger and more independent, she is calling for a change of culture within workplaces. ''It's not because people are trying to be mean, it's because they have a lack of understanding, a lack of acceptance and accommodation for people who might be a little bit different to them.'' ''Don't let it stop you from doing something. It's better to try and fail than to fail to try.''