Byron meningococcal survivor now a doctor at Lismore Base
DOING the rounds at Lismore Base Hospital next month will be a double amputee doctor who won a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Paralympics games and carried the flag for Australia at the opening ceremony.
Marty Mayberry grew up in Byron Bay and at the age of 16 contracted meningococcal disease that resulted in him having both legs amputated below the knees.
He was a competitive skier before the operation and said one of the things he was looking forward to during his recovery was getting back on the snow.
During his career on the skis, Marty achieved speeds of more than 110kmh, participated in two Winter Paralympics and won the Australian Institute of Sports Sport Achievement Award before retiring in 2010.
He started studying medicine around the same time and has now completed his training through the University of Sydney and will return to Lismore to do two years of general rounds at the hospital.
Lismore is where Marty had his amputations and spent several weeks when he was sick.
"It's really good (to be coming back); I've had this goal for a little while. You have some choice about where you want to work in regional areas," he said.
Marty said reading about meningococcal when he was younger was what got him interested in becoming a doctor.
"I was in Year 11 and didn't have much of a career goal or focus. That experience in hospital and rehab drove me to pursue a career (in medicine)."