The BBC star and pioneer of fetal medicine talks to Clare Hughes about his success and how he climbed the career ladder
Professor Kypros Nicolaides is the star of BBC1's Life before birth, a two part documentary shown earlier this year. It showed Kypros battling to save the lives of seriously ill fetuses by transfusing platelets and laser treating a lung tumour.
Kypros was born and brought up in Cyprus and wanted to be a doctor for as long as he can remember. His father was also a doctor and used to travel around the villages on a donkey, often taking Kypros with him. He was Kypros's main motivation. As there were no local specialists his father was a surgeon, a general practitioner, and a gynaecologist.
His father, Kypros recalls, had a very high opinion of the United Kingdom: “My father had it drummed into me from the beginning that