ATLANTA — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant Black women are much more likely to die while giving birth than any other race.
That statistic inspired a Black teenager to become a doctor.
Her desire got even more intense when her own mother had complications while giving birth to her little sister.
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Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes spoke exclusively with the future doctor after she was chosen to represent Georgia in an honors program for future physicians.
Simone Corbin is a 15-year-old 10th grader at Kipp Collegiate Academy in northwest Atlanta.
She’s attended Kipp schools with most of her classmates since they were in kindergarten.
“We’ve been taught from a very early age to just praise each other, be each other’s village and support each other,” Corbin said.
When she was just 2 years old, Corbin’s mother headed to the hospital to deliver her baby sister Shiloh.
Her mother had a very difficult delivery.
Even at that young age, Corbin felt like her family situation was showing her something about her future.
“She had a really hard time and I think a lot of it was because of the kind of doctors she had. And I feel like if she had more women like me who looked like me and know those kinds of experiences in the medical field, a lot of those problems would’ve been, you know, it wouldn’t even have been possible for those things to happen,” Corbin said.
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Watching her dad work in the medical field as a radiologist also inspired her.
This year she got a letter saying she’s been selected as a delegate in the Congress of Future Physicians and she’ll represent the state of Georgia in the summer honors program at the University of Massachusetts.
Her family, her Kipp family, and her little sister are so proud of her.
“I think she appreciates me caring about our family and wanting to impact other families. I think a lot of times when it hits so close to home, we only wanna change it for us. But knowing that it was affecting more than just my family is something that we really love to talk about,” Corbin said.
Her principal, Arthur Washington, believes Corbin is inspiring so many other kids and breaking glass ceilings.
“A lot of times when you think about the zip code, this community, society has put a ceiling on them so Simone is just proving the possible. The impossible is now possible through scholars like Simone,” Washington said.
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