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26-Year-Old Doctor Founds West Africa’s First Air Ambulance

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26-Year-Old Doctor Founds West Africa’s First Air Ambulance

By the time many young adults hit the age of 21, their primary concern is hitting the closest bar, flashing their brand new ID, and drinking–legally–until they can’t anymore.

Not Ola Orekunrin.

Orekunrin, who has been a medical doctor since she was 21-years-old, has founded The Flying Doctors, West Africa’s first air ambulance service.

From Celebrate Progress Africa:

“Orekunrin is founder of The Flying Doctors, the first air ambulance service in West Africa. She was prompted to start the new venture after her younger sister died of anaemia. Her sister was always in and out of hospitals and eventually died for lack of the availability of an air ambulance. But starting this venture was not easy.

She gave up a high flying job in England and her dreams of becoming the president of the British Medical Association and minister for the conservative party and moved to Nigeria.”

Read more at Celebrate Progress Africa!