Dr Shamiek is ready to help and heal

Not only does he have a big heart, but Dr Shamiek Maharaj also dreams of one day being a cardiologist and working on hearts.

A local success story, Shamiek recently graduated, obtaining his MBChB medical degree and is currently completing his last year of internship in Pietermaritzburg.

Next year he will be doing his community service with the hopes of getting into the registrar programme the following year. However, his biggest dream is to one day be a cardiologist.
Growing up in a small town and coming from humble beginnings, Shamiek always wanted to be a doctor and help others.

“I like helping people and making them feel better. In my life, I’ve had the misfortune of having numerous family members pass away from diseases that were incurable. I hope to one day be able to help other people in those situations. I want to bring them relief and have the answers to some of these medical conditions.”
Shamiek was also driven to follow in his brother’s – who is also a doctor – footsteps and was always guided by his parents.

However, the journey to graduating wasn’t easy. There were numerous sacrifices he had to make along the way.
“At the age of 18, I matriculated and got accepted to study medicine. I left home and moved in on my own (I had nowhere to stay when I first got to university). I spent long periods away from the closest people to me – my mum, dad and brother.

“I would hear the stories of my friends travelling the world, partying and buying luxurious items which I could not do at the time. Sleep became a luxury and still is to an extent. Six years of hard work, 32-hour shifts and sacrifices, coupled with the amazing memories and people I’ve met along the way have all made it worth it, leaving me with no regrets. True success requires sacrifice.”

His sacrifices paid off and finally graduating was an unbelievable experience for Shamiek. He does believe though, that graduating is not the end but only the beginning, and doesn’t plan on resting on his laurels now. Shamiek is currently based at the Pietermaritzburg Hospital Complex of hospitals including- Greys Hospital, Northdale Hospital and Edendale Hospital but hopes to one day move closer to home.

The most rewarding moments throughout the journey so far have been seeing the huge difference he has made in other people’s lives. “Seeing patients that were once critical, back on their feet is an amazing sight.”

Shamiek thanked God for blessing him throughout the journey, his parents for their never-ending support, his brother for his guidance and motivation and all his friends and family for standing by him through the years.

Byron Pillay

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