Born and raised in Berlin, I went to Africa in 1974 after completing high school at a humanistic grammar school 16 months for a voluntary social year. There, in Rhodesia / Zimbabwe, I worked as a “girl for everything” in agriculture and building, learned to lay pipes, welding, walls, making bricks, etc. The decision to study medicine took place spontaneously at that time, and with much luck After my return I got a place at the Free University Berlin.
At the end of my studies, I went to South America, Bolivia, for a year where I quickly gained a lot of practical experience in a small hospital and also carried out the examinations for my doctoral thesis on “parasitic diseases in preschool children”. After the state examination a long adventurous journey followed in the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt with the dugout through the Amazon jungle. Then I took the first position in the Department of Resuscitation / Poison Control Center at the former Klinikum Charlottenburg. After one and a half years, I switched to surgery at Dominikus Hospital in Berlin Hermsdorf.