From humble beginnings in Ghana, Derek Kofi Owusu Boahene was the unlikeliest person to pursue a career in medicine, let alone one that would eventually earn him the title of one of the world’s leading head and neck surgeons. The eldest of eight children, Dr. Boahene’s parents, Pastor and Mrs. James Owusu, operated a pharmacy store before becoming full-time missionaries in the early 1980s. To support the family, they also run a small poultry farming business. After school, all the kids pitched in to help with the chores.
Petrified at the sight of blood, Kofi stayed as far away from the abattoir as possible. It is this aversion to blood, coupled with his modest background that makes his story of becoming a surgeon even more remarkable.
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