Dr. Yentl Gamiet is a Paediatric Surgical Trainee at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. She is currently doing her Masters of Medicine, with research interests in child abuse, and liver transplants. In addition to her studies, Yentl is an associate lecturer at Wits University, and volunteers with Surgeons for Little Lives, a non-profit organisation with a powerful commitment to saving the lives of children who are in need of life-changing surgery. Unfortunately, South African doctors can’t always provide the medical care that they want to give, due to extremely limited resources and overburdened state hospitals. Yentl has dedicated her career to playing her part in raising the level of health care given to paediatric surgery patients in state hospitals, to world-class standards.
Yentl has also volunteered in Iraq, providing basic medical healthcare through Thirsty Ground International, a non-profit organisation which helps the refugees and victims of major world disasters.
What’s your superpower?
My superpower is prayer, and being able to function on inhumane, small amounts of sleep.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing women today?
The fear of being vulnerable.
What’s your single biggest goal for the year ahead?
I read a quote today. “I love when people that have been through hell walk out of the flames carrying water for those still consumed by the fire” (not sure who penned this). This is my goal – to be more humble, generous, joyful, and forgiving. And, to run a half marathon with my husband.
What are you celebrating this Women’s Month?
My mom’s sixtieth birthday – in August. There is still so much life to be lived.
What makes you proud to be a South African woman?
The socio-political time we are in has given us a chance to redefine who we are. I am proud to be part of this narrative.
And, also “doeks”. I feel like all the different head scarves perched regally on South African women’s heads, give us a glimpse into the creativity, and beauty of this nation’s women.
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Photographer: Noxolo Mafu
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