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I Dreamed of Studying Medicine, But Faced Barriers – María Teodora’s Battle

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I Dreamed of Studying Medicine, But Faced Barriers – María Teodora’s Battle

María Teodora Dumitra, a 20-year-old from Romania, arrived in Spain with the dream of studying medicine, despite being born with tetraplegia. She had hoped to secure a place reserved for individuals with a disability greater than 33%, as Spain offered more rights for people with disabilities than her home country. Teodora was able to enroll at the Faculty of Medicine at the Complutense University of Madrid with the help of the Office for the Inclusion of People with Diversity.

However, difficulties arose when it came to completing the mandatory internships required for her degree. The 12 de Octubre Hospital, where the internships were to be completed, was not wheelchair accessible, presenting physical barriers for Teodora. Consequently, the university began the process to cancel her enrollment, stating that her high degree of disability would prevent her from completing the practical aspects of medicine.

The university defended its decision, claiming that Teodora’s disability would hinder her ability to perform crucial medical tasks. They insisted that without the means to adapt the practices for her, they could not grant her a degree in Medicine.

Faced with no other options, Teodora has announced her intention to pursue legal action to continue pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. The Prosecutor’s Office has opened a follow-up file on the case, and administrative litigation could be a possibility.

The case has sparked debate and drawn attention to the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in pursuing their professional aspirations. Those interested in following the developments of this story can subscribe to the WhatsApp channel for the latest news and updates.

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