A wheelchair using neurosurgeon
Frank Rohrich has used a wheelchair since a glider crash 11 years ago. But it didn't stop him from pursuing a career in neurosurgery. Lukas A Holzer caught up with him
On the one hand it was my interest in organic neurology and on the other it's the precise hand work in this discipline. It's a good combination.
I received support to finish my training as a neurosurgeon. I saw that surgery was possible with the help of the right devices. After board certification my employment expired. Imagine applying for a job with a handicap that you can't hide: it raises questions that wouldn't be asked of a person without a visible disability. The radiologist from my former hospital saved me from going to the employment centre. I was allowed to work at his department for a year. Then there was a coincidence. As a trauma patient I was examined by my present boss at the Berufsgenossenschaftliche Klinik Bergmannstrost, in Halle an der Saale. He offered me a position in his department. I accepted his offer and now I'm able again