Meky Bernadel, M.D.
Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine
“L’espoir is a waking dream” (Aristotle) L’espoir translated from French Creole to English means hope. Hope, an intangible word, cannot be associated with any particular shape or form. Hope serves as a concrete entity in the lives of those who seek it. 7.1 is a number when read may denote the solution to a math calculation or the distance in miles you intend to run in your next marathon endeavor. The number 7.1 in my life reflects, neither a runner’s ambition nor the end result of some arithmetic dilemma, instead it represents the magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti on January 12, 2010. The number 7 brought to life more specifically through television coverage displayed coverage throughout the world, the dire need for medical change in underdeveloped countries. The need for 7 more hospitals, 70 more ambulances, 700 more volunteers, 7,000 more doctors, and 70,000 more lives saved. The events of that day resounded like a piercing dagger straight to my heart. It was an overwhelming implosion of emotions, hope, nervousness and helplessness. Tragedy as inevitable as it may be, hit me as a young woman of Haitian decent. The feeling of being powerless to aid family members, friends and others reinforced my desire to aid individuals. I want my career in medicine to always reflect me, as 1 in the number 7.