This Brain Surgeon Credits Believing In Himself For Getting Him Through College After Being An Undocumented Immigrant
This man came to America as an undocumented migrant. Now he’s a renowned neurosurgeon
Posted by NowThis on Saturday, August 26, 2017
This surgeon’s story is going to become a movie produced by Brad Pitt.
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa came to the United States to look for work for the first time when he was 14 years old. In the NowThis video above, he says that when he arrived, after traveling in the back of a pickup truck, he begged for any kind of job so that he could make some money to help his family in Mexico. He was eventually hired to do menial work and he made enough money to take back to Mexico to help his struggling family. Five years later, at 19, Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa came back to the U.S. and went to work on a farm picking tomatoes. Despite making only $3.35 an hour, he remembers that he and the other farm workers were happy to be have a job and a chance to make money to feed their families. As time went on, he wanted to do more so he applied for community college and began to learn English.
“The most difficult obstacle that I had to overcome was to somehow believe that number one: I had something to contribute to society,” Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa says in the video. “And number two: that I could actually do it.”
Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa was then accepted into University of California, Berkeley and then Harvard medical school. He is currently the chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Mayo Clinic in Florida is regarded as one of the best hospitals in the country for neurosurgery and neurology in the United States, according to the video by NowThis. Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa says in the video that he performs between 200 to 300 brain surgeries a year and has been practicing for 12 years.
His trajectory is so impressive it is in talks to be featured in a full-length movie and we can’t wait to watch it.