Alysha M.

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Author: Seema Marwah
Date: Oct. 18, 2021
From: CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal(Vol. 193, Issue 41)
Publisher: CMA Joule Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 540 words
Lexile Measure: 1150L

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While working in Belize, I sustained a serious traumatic injury to my eye when a tree branch fell from height, striking me in the face. Because I was in a remote area, accessing care was difficult. I eventually made it to a big city where I saw a specialist who was concerned that I might have ruptured my globe. Despite pushback from my insurance company, the city hospital successfully advocated for me to be transferred to an eye hospital in Florida, where I got the good news that my globe was intact and I would not lose my eye. I wish everything had ended there, but it didn't.

After being repatriated to Canada and cleared by a Canadian ophthalmologist, I returned to Belize to work.

I knew how lucky I was to have walked away...

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