Dealing with disabilityBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.d8181 (Published 06 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d8181
- Naomi Sakai, fifth year medical student
- 1Cambridge University
“Go and have a look at the patient over there and come and tell me what you think,” said the registrar. I went to look and was confused—the patient was looking into a mirror and combing her hair, but I couldn’t understand what I was looking for. I glanced at the patient again, and realised that she had Down’s syndrome.
I walked back over to the registrar and thought about what had just happened. I have been involved with a charity that supports young people with disabilities and their families for many years so meeting someone with Down’s syndrome wasn’t …