Personal triumph for two hearing-impaired MBChB students

09 December 2002

Doctors on the move: Graduands Wendy Christian (left) and Laura Stopforth celebrate their upcoming graduation.

MBChB granduands Wendy Christian and Laura Stopforth will be celebrating their graduation with a great amount of satisfaction. Their achievements come as a personal triumph after the struggles they endured because of their impaired hearing.

Stopforth, who is also a qualified radiographer, says that over the course of their degree they have had to deal with a range of issues that often impeded their access to resources.

“Every day was a struggle, especially for me,” says Christian, who requires lecturers to use an FM device that amplifies sound so that it can be picked up by her hearing aid. Christian says that she struggled to get lecturers, who often did not understand the instrument's function, to use it.

Both women agree that without the help and support of their classmates and the Faculty of Health Sciences undergraduate administrator, Karen van Blerk, things could have been a lot more difficult.

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