This week on WCBA
, we brought you the stories of some aspiring and inspiring young MDs who all live with a disability. They talked about the barriers they've faced and how they cope in a culture of medicine that expects doctors to be invincible. One of those stories came from Steve Daniel.
The former Canadian Armed Forces Sergeant did four tours of duty overseas before he was severely injured on home soil. As a parachute instructor he had done 101 free fall jumps. On
his 102nd jump, something went wrong. He gained speed too quickly and landed on his
tailbone. He was left paralyzed from the waist
down. Undaunted, he made it through rehab and went on to compete in arms-only rowing at the Beijing Paralympics.
It was there he met another wheelchair athlete who inspired him to pursue medicine. Now in his second year at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, he told Brian he hopes to practive family and sports medicine once he graduates.