Dr. Praise Matemavi is a story of determination and seeking your dream no matter the circumstance. Listen to her story: Zimbabwean to USA, childbirth at 18, osteopath doctor, liver and kidney transplant surgeon fellowship and topics about organ transplants.
From Zimbabwe, moved to America at 14, had two babies by the age of 21 (still not an American citizen) (also not a healthy relationship so divorced) but she never lost her passion to be a surgical doctor. Listen how she went from a steady critical care nurse career to finishing 60 hours of college in one year along with passing the MCAT as a single mom. Now Dr. Praise Matemavi has finished Michigan State Osteopathic School, did a fellowship at New York Presbyterian in Queens and is now at the University of Nebraska for fellowship (she finishes in one year). Her specialty is multivisceral transplants (liver, pancreas, kidneys and bowels).
Dr. Praise has a dream of going back to Zimbabwe one day to do kidney transplants (one day liver transplants) so the citizens do not have to travel to another country for the surgery. This is actually a challenging scenario because although some programs like this are available in countries like Ethiopia already, it would be new to Zimbabwe.
Her father moved the family to America because of her dream since the age of 10 to be a doctor. He is a pastor and his daughter got pregnant and became a nurse. Her mother also had an opinion on the situation. Take a listen to how impactful family is on your life decisions.
We dive into the complexity of liver and kidney transplants, who is a candidate and how to avoid that surgery. Metabolic syndrome, alcoholics, hepatitis C and fatty liver from fatty food consumption.
Should we all be organ donors? Will a doctor withhold treatment because you have amazing organs?
What are the 3 types of organ donor classifications?
The patients who need organ transplants are quite sick, How do you cope with patients who reject the transplant or don’t make it off the operating table?
As a female black surgeon how does she confront subtle discrimination and /or ignorance when at new hospitals?
Can you guess where the highest population of Zimbabwean are located in the USA?
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