My First Time by Dr Paloma Jimenez

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I have been writing this blog for a few years now, and I have had many Guest Contributors. The range and the level of these presenters has been wide, and very high. But, really, this contribution from Dr Paloma Jimenez, a Neurosurgery resident at Son Espases University Hospital quite literally “took my breath away”!

In the last post Dr Javier Rascon discussed the privilege of being a doctor, but I think that when we have people like Paloma then the society as a whole needs to stand up and announce that it is a privilege that people like her are dedicating themselves to helping others, and especially helping the weakest, and the most in need. We must never forget how lucky we are to have great, great professionals looking after our health and well-being, and we must always support these people for who they are and what they are doing. Thanks Paloma, and to the many other dedicated, hard-working and caring people who decide to help the weakest.

And now here is Paloma’s text:-

“Its my first time. My first time in Africa, my first cooperation as a doctor, and the first time that I am speechless after a day’s  work. That is how I am feeling. Being in Zanzíbar as a Neurosurgery resident is a hard but also a very wonderful experience.

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We spend 12 hours at the hospital everyday. There are no neurosurgeons in this place so we are really important for this people. Our patients wait for hours to be revised by us, always with a smile and grateful.


We are a team, 2 nurses, 2 neurosurgeons, 1 anesthesiologist and me have become a team and we are teaching the local people and working together for the future of neurosurgery in this country.


Their dream is to be able to improve the medicine and to become independent from humanitarian aid. I am happy to be here because I am learning a lot and I have realized that if we work together everything can change.”

Paloma sent me a message with these photos and she said,

” This experience is changing my life”.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said –

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm”. Paloma is testimony to this.

I leave you with a photograph of the little baby whose life was saved

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and with an African proverb at the hospital

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Thank you all, and have a great weekend


    1. Hi Juan Antonio
      I am very glad that you like the post. I am very happy with it and think that the work that Paloma is doing is incredible. Maybe you can do something like this, or get to work on your thesis. Have a great weekend Jon

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