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Dinesh Palipana

“I’m not a huge fan of the word disability”

A catastrophic car accident in 2010 left Dr Dinesh Palipana with quadriplegia. Despite having the odds stacked against him, Dinesh graduated with a medical degree in 2016 and this year commenced his medical internship.

“No matter what you’re doing in life, if you’re working towards your passion then it’s just not work. This doesn’t feel like work to me; it feels fun,” said Dinesh.

“Every single day you get to help someone, even in a little way. It’s such a ‘people’ profession, and there are a thousand different things going on, which has been great.”

Dinesh is redefining the medical field, proving what can be achieved when we raise expectations and hire for ability.

“From the second it [the accident] happened, I didn’t have a single doubt I would come back, it was just a matter of when,” said Dinesh.

“I’m actually not a huge fan of the word ‘disability’. I haven’t felt disabled since the accident. In fact, I feel like I’ve done more in the seven years since the accident than I have in my life before.”

Dinesh candidly shares his story in this video, created by EPIC.