ABANDONED as a child, Carol Naidoo’s future looked bleak, but her fortune would soon change after she was adopted by Tommy and Yano Naidoo and today stands as a medical graduate from the University of Cape Town currently doing her in-service training at Northdale, Grey’s and Edendale hospitals. Speaking to the Maritzburg Fever, Naidoo, a former Girls’ High School pupil, said that she doesn’t remember life in the children’s home that she was sent to as a baby because she was adopted when she was less than a year old.“I feel lucky to not remember that time in my life, all I know is that I was quite ill before with severe gastroenteritis and malnutrition. I think I am blessed to not remember the struggle before being taken in by my adoptive family,” said Naidoo. An A-aggregate pupil for most of her academic life, Naidoo said that she always wanted to study medicine.“The urge to want to help people has always been present inside me. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen how my family made such a difference in my life, I feel the need to do the same for others,” said Naidoo. She said that she always carried the philosophy of working hard and not giving up on your dreams with her.“Nothing really falls into your lap, you need to work really hard to get it. Persevere and most importantly ask for help or try to find out if help is available,” advised Naidoo. Not one to sit back, Naidoo with a group of other medical professionals, started an NPO called Help Me Up Foundation which aims to help rural/disadvantaged children get resources and information that will help them to apply for tertiary education (The link to the website is: www.hmu.co.za).Now that she is an intern, Naidoo says that she did not expect the medicine world to be the way it is.“Before applying I thought it would be more like Grey’s Anatomy but it is far from that. You can truly see how burdened our healthcare system is. The hours and patient load is overwhelming and way more than the average person should actually have to manage,” said Naidoo, who added that after a month of already working she has gained a lot of practical knowledge and experience.“Although it can be emotionally and physically draining, it is still completely worth it when you have a patient enter the hospital on death’s doorstep but leaves with a spring in their step and of course when patients show their gratitude towards you,” said Naidoo.