Atlanta high school student chosen to represent Georgia in honors program for future physicians

By Tyisha Fernandes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant Black women are much more likely to die while giving birth than any other race.

That statistic inspired a Black teenager to become a doctor.

Her desire got even more intense when her own mother had complications while giving birth to her little sister.

Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes spoke exclusively with the future doctor after she was chosen to represent Georgia in an honors program for future physicians.

Simone Corbin is a 15-year-old 10th grader at KIPP Collegiate Academy in northwest Atlanta.

She’s attended KIPP schools with most of her classmates since they were in kindergarten.

“We’ve been taught from a very early age to just praise each other, be each other’s village and support each other,” Corbin said.

When she was just 2 years old, Corbin’s mother headed to the hospital to deliver her baby sister Shiloh.

Her mother had a very difficult delivery.

Even at that young age, Corbin felt like her family situation was showing her something about her future.

“She had a really hard time and I think a lot of it was because of the kind of doctors she had. And I feel like if she had more women like me who looked like me and know those kinds of experiences in the medical field, a lot of those problems would’ve been, you know, it wouldn’t even have been possible for those things to happen,” Corbin said.

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