From suffering the stigma of teenage pregnancy to becoming a medical doctor at 23: Meet Dr Thandeka Ngcobo

An inspirational young lady called Thandeka Ngcobo has suffered what ends the dreams of many teenage girls in Africa but managed to come out victorious and become an icon other people are looking up to.

It is amazing enough for the brilliant young lady to become a medical doctor at 23 but it is extraordinary achieving that feat when she conceived at 17 and toughened herself enough not to allow it to affect her.

The lady who hails from a small village called Hluthankungu in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa was disappointed in herself just as most of the people in her circles were but remained resolute about her childhood passion and dream to become a medical doctor.

In her own words:

“I was so disappointed in myself and had no idea how I would face my family, who had sacrificed and invested so much in me. Giving up was not an option. I was only 17 at the time, and I had no intention of becoming a mother, let alone a teenage mother. All I wanted to do was return to school and pursue my dream of becoming a doctor“.

According to Thandeka, part of what kept her going was the support her mother gave her by agreeing to take care of the baby while she returns to focus on her education.

“As much as my mother was disappointed about the pregnancy, she was more worried about what would happen to my studies at medical school. I remember her asking me whether pregnant students were even allowed to study medicine. She agreed to look after my baby while I went back to carry on with my studies,” the young doctor said.

Dr Thandeka Ngcobo did not only graduate successfully from university. She became medical doctor at Mafikeng Provincial Hospital, an executive board member at the Godisanang Youth Empowering Foundation and a corporate affairs officer at Ngcobo Empire.

Watch the young doctor tell her story in an interview with host Olalekan Amusa in the YouTube video below:

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