Thandeka, the teen mom, now a qualified medical doctor
Meet – Dr Thandeka Ngcobo, at age 17 she fell pregnant, instead of being defeated by a teenage pregnancy, she worked hard to succeed against all odds to become a remarkable Medical Doctor.
She hails from a small village called Hlutankungu in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She and her seven siblings were raised by a single mother and later became a teenage mother herself.
Against all odds, she matriculated as one of the top 10 students in the region and went to obtain a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), becoming the second graduate in her family.
“My late mother is my heroine. She could have told me to stay home and raise my daughter, but instead she gave me the chance to thrive. And thrive I did,” she said.
Dr Thandeka Ngcobo is currently a Medical Officer, with a focus on Family Medicine as she believes that proper primary health care services is a vital tool to fight the burden of diseases and illnesses in the health sector.
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