Zachary Dupin: Personal Patient Experiences
Zachary Dupin is an aspiring doctor enrolled with the University
of Nevada School of Medicine.
Zachary Dupin loves helping others and credits his own
experiences as a patient for motivating him to pursue medicine.
On July 19, 2007, as a senior in high school, Zachary Dupin underwent a seven-hour spine operation. When he woke, his mother informed him of an accident during the procedure. He was paralyzed from the chest down.
“I was later informed that rather than a single incident,” he said, “a ‘perfect storm’ of mistakes . . . were the causes of my paralysis . . . The physicians tending to me were never able to give me much of a prognosis, but I was determined not to stay bed-ridden. Five days after my procedure . . . I began rehabilitation.”
Daily therapy and personal conviction allowed him to return home, walking with the aid of a walker, in six weeks.
“Since day one after my operation,” reflected Mr. Zachary Dupin, “my objective has been to make the best of the hand I have been dealt, and I believe that by putting my knowledge, personal characteristics and experiences to use as a physician in order to improve the lives of as many people as possible would be the most effective and satisfying way to succeed.”