A 21-year old student and the UK's leading diabetes charity Diabetes UK have combined their efforts to open up a possible new career path for those who use insulin. Up until now, people who use insulin have been considered unfit to drive emergency vehicles such as ambulances.
Sarah Fawzi, a student trainee with the London Ambulance Service, managed to have her ban overturned as she proved that her diabetes was well managed.
This quiet victory has been largely ignored by news outlets but it deserves much wider recognition. Employment is crucial for everyone and none more so than for those who have a long-term medical condition such as diabetes. For a young person to choose a career with the emergency services is a clear sign of a desire to be useful to others who are in need.
It is a quiet but a moving victory that should be broadcast to the world at large.
Sarah Fawzi, 21, who now works as a student trainee with the London Ambulance Service (LAS) while studying at Hertfordshire University, said that it felt “really good” to get her licence back. The paramedic science student added: “I was devastated. I started to doubt my chances of ever becoming a paramedic. Now I’ve realised I can still do what I want to do as long as I control my diabetes well.”