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This Brain Surgeon Credits Believing In Himself For Getting Him Through College After Being An Undocumented Immigrant

This neurosurgeon went from undocumented migrant to renowned n…

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.


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A Gay Man's Brutal Torture And Murder In 2012 Changed Thoughts On Gay Rights, Now Chile Is Talking Marriage Equality

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A Gay Man’s Brutal Torture And Murder In 2012 Changed Thoughts On Gay Rights, Now Chile Is Talking Marriage Equality

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LGBTQ+ Chileans have reason to celebrate this week as President Michelle Bachelet has moved the country closer to legalizing marriage equality.

“There are no conditions to love,” President Bachelet wrote on Twitter. “To keep moving towards an inclusive Chile, today I signed the Equal Marriage bill.”

Just last week, President Bachelet scored a major victory towards her agenda of easing the country’s very restrictive abortion laws. In 2015, Bachelet took the first step towards marriage equality by securing legalized civil unions for same-sex couples in Chile. Now, she has sent a bill to Congress to legalize marriage equality and allow same-sex couples the right to adopt children. The bill changes the wording of marriage law from a “union between a man and a woman” to a “union between two people.”

“We do this with the certainty that it is not ethical nor fair to put artificial limits on love, nor to deny essential rights just because of the sex of those who make up a couple,” Bachelet said in La Moneda presidential palace, according to Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera also reports that the South American country has been making moves to grant LGBTQ+ Chileans rights under the law following the 2012 murder of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio. Zamudio was targeted for being gay and tortured by four male neo-Nazi sympathizers for hours in downtown Santiago, even having swastikas carved into his body, according to the BBC.

You can read more about Chile’s marriage equality proposal here.

(H/T: Al Jazeera)


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