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Sarah Walters

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 30 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1818
  1. Peymané Adab,
  2. Tom Marshall

Sarah Walters was born in St Helier Hospital, Surrey, on 14 October 1958. She grew into a remarkable woman who has inspired many. Nobody could meet her without being impressed by her energy, her intelligence, and her dedication.

Her achievements are many and admirable for anyone to accomplish. However, Sarah was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when she was 10, in an era where survival beyond the teens was almost unknown, and despite her wish to study medicine from the age of 3 years, she was told she could not become a doctor. Initially unable to study medicine, she studied microbiology at the University of Surrey, graduating with a first in 1980. She persuaded St George’s Hospital Medical School that she was worth a place, and graduated in 1985 with distinction in medicine, the first medical graduate with cystic …

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