At the young age of 18 years, Serena Tejpar was injured in a car collision as a backseat passenger that left her in critical condition with almost no chance of survival. Over 40 doctors and nurses fought to keep her alive that night. They hand bagged her for four hours on rotation to ensure that oxygen was getting to her brain. Her parents, who live across the country, were informed of what had happened and were told that Serena may not make it because of her severe injuries.
Over the next few days, after having two cardiac arrests, one doctor, in particular, made the decision to give her a fighting chance. Serena was put on an ECMO machine, a form of life-support that put her in an induced coma and functions as her lungs outside of her body.
Despite the many challenges that came with her injuries, she was determined to get better and return to her daily activities. Not only did she complete her Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Honours with Distinction) degree, but she went on to pursue a Master of Science in Global Health degree with a specialization in globalization and equity.
Serena is currently attending medical school at the prestigious Temerty Faculty of Medicine in Toronto, Ontario to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a physician. Her miraculous recovery drives her to live a life of purpose and of service to others and ensure that patients are provided compassionate care that will lead to positive health outcomes and experiences.
Serena is based in T’karonto, Ontario, also known as Toronto, which is the traditional lands of the Wendat, the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit.
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