Despite being born deaf, Esraa El Bably did not let her disability get in the way of her dreams.
BBC Stories’ latest segment covers Esraa’s story and how she became the first, and only, deaf dentist in Egypt.
“I went for a hard choice to prove that anything is possible,” says Esraa to BBC Stories.
“I decided to go to dental school to prove that the stereotypes about deaf people were wrong and also because it was a challenge.”
The route to becoming Egypt’s first deaf dentist was a difficult one. Supported by her family, Esraa moved to Bahrain as she was unable to go to a regular school as most schools would refuse her. When she was finally able to apply for dental schools, she was turned away from all but one Egyptian dental school.
“We’re all different, we all have our own weaknesses. But, weaknesses can be turned to strength. As long as you are storng, and you don’t care what others think, the whole universe will bend in front of you.
Watch Esraa’s story below or click here to watch directly on Facebook.