Awesome piece by Mark Pavlyukovskyy published by Make:
I was paralyzed. I had never felt this complete and utter helplessness before in my life as I lay there, listening to my friend trying to negotiate a ride to an airstrip to get me out of the remote village in Ghana where I had just been diagnosed with cerebral malaria. The only thought that was going through my head was “I just don’t want to die here.”
I came to America from the Ukraine with my mom when I was 9, and like many immigrant parents, she persistently encouraged me to pursue the medical profession. I completed biology summer camps in Missouri, attended a Math and Science Academy in Texas, and did research at Princeton and Oxford. Yet growing up I always remember helping my grandfather fix everything from broken toilets, to our living room light (by jerry-rigging homemade christmas lights) when the power would go out in post-Soviet Ukraine. In school I was fascinated (and a little jealous) by the things engineers would build for their class projects, but being a biology major, these things were not part of my course work.
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