How This Woman Turned Her Pain into a Mission to Save Lives
In life, everyone, including you, go through a fair share of pain. How do you handle “pain”? What do you do when something unexpected like the death of a loved one hits you like a hurricane? Do you wallow in self-pity and lose yourself entirely? Or do you use the experience of the pain as an opportunity to birth purpose?
The truth is, no matter what happens to you in life, you have the choice to choose how you react to that situation. Going through pain is a given but what you do with that pain, is up to you. You can go through “pain” and decide to withdraw or shut people out of your life. Also, you may go through some type of pain and use the opportunity to birth purpose.
If you have always wondered how to birth your purpose from pain, let this woman, Dr. Olamide Orekunrin, inspire you.
Who is Dr. Olamide Orekunrin?
Dr. Olamide Orekunrin is a British-Nigerian, medical doctor, helicopter pilot and the founder of Flying Doctors. Flying Doctors is the first Nigeria business to operate air ambulatory services for patients who need urgent medical care.
If you are familiar with the Nigeria terrain, you’d understand why Dr. Orekunrin’s brand is a big step in the right direction.[Great Read: Former Top American Banker, Dr. Remi Duyile Appointed as the First African Multicultural Commissioner in Prince George’s County, Maryland USA]
The Birthing Process
Dr. Orekunrin was born and raised by foster parents in London, England. She attended Hull York Medical School and graduated at the age of 21 which positioned her as one of the youngest doctors in the United Kingdom. As with every other person on earth, life happened and Dr. Orekunrin experienced the painful passing of her sister. This incident was devastating to her especially because she knew that if her sister had a means of getting to a care center in a timely fashion, the tragedy might have been averted.
After the tragic loss, she had to go through a recovery process during which she started brainstorming on how people can gain access to great healthcare services in a timely fashion. That was how the Flying Doctors was founded.[Great Read: Blazing Trails at 22: The Inspiring Story of Stephanie Ode Wilson That Will Awaken Your “Achiever” Spirit]
The Flying Doctors is an Air Ambulatory service established to help patients get access to urgent medical care in the shortest time possible. Simply, put, this organization understand s the importance of time in life-threatening circumstances and is ready to fill in the gap and put smiles on the faces of people going through such difficult situations.[Great Read: How I Turned My Love for Culture and Trado-Poetry into a Phenomenal Brand – Founder, OldNaija]
As with many other projects, charity organizations and business in Nigeria or any other part of the world, “building” something phenomenal has never been a walk in the park neither does it come on a platter gold. You must work extremely hard to build and sustain what you build. Dr. Orekunrin has labored and continue to labor to build her brand. From humble beginnings, she has moved from a brand on a mission to save lives to a brand that is truly saving lives. Currently, she has a fleet of 20 aircraft and dozens of employees.
Award and Nominations
Dr. Orekunrin is a recipient of several awards and recognitions. Some of such include the This Day Awards (Contribution to Health in Africa) 2012, The Future Award as the “Entrepreneur of the year 2012, and in 2013 The News Direct Awards as the ‘Outstanding Female CEO of the Year 2013.
In February 2018, she accepted the “Extraordinary Business Achievement Award” at the Silverbird Group’s annual award held in Lagos. That made her the youngest person ever to win the prestigious award at age 30 and the only woman in the last decade.[Great Read: Lagos Television’s Adetola Kayode Shares Her Inspiring Journey in the World of Broadcast-Journalism]
Lessons from Her Life
If you are looking for positive influencers to learn from, then Dr. Orekunrin’s story is a great example for you.
- Your pain is not permanent
- Your reaction determines your reality
- How you deal with pain determines your destiny
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