Figurative Birth Personal Statement

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My home has been a place where many a newborn have had their first glimpse of the world, both literally and figuratively. In a tiny village on the coast of Southern India, my parents, both surgeons, ran a small surgical and maternity hospital just by our home. My mother joyfully announced the birth of a newborn baby almost every single day of my lovely childhood. The figurative birth in my home was not long ago, when my father, after years of struggling with failed kidneys, finally received his new kidney from my aunt. As he sat up in his hospital bed, his cheeks, which were once puffy and pale, were now pink and his eyes shone bright when he said the words - “It’s like a fog has lifted”.
My typical day would start with greeting the nurse who would come to brief my parents on the progress of patients overnight. I learned the importance and intricacies of patient care while overhearing my parents discussing the prognosis …show more content…

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