This mother always wanted to be a doctor but her dream was postponed when she got pregnant with her daughter. Now after 31years, both the mother and daughter have graduated med school in the same year and have also begun their residencies on the same date.
This mother and daughter duo has graduated from medical school in the same year and has started their medical residencies on the same date together - July 1. 31 years ago, when Cynthia was only 19, she decided to become a doctor after a female stranger approached her for help. But a year later, she became pregnant with her daughter Jasmine and her dreams of becoming a doctor were forced to be put on hold. In 2013, Cynthia finally had saved enough money to afford medical college. Now both the mother and daughter are proud doctors who graduated in the same year and also begun their residencies on the same day.
Dr. Cynthia Kudji Sylvester and her daughter Dr. Jasmine graduated from the med school in the same year and also begun their residencies together on the same date that is July 1.
This mother-daughter duo graduated med school together and are going to start their residencies together, too. Congrats Dr. Cynthia Kudji Sylvester and Dr. Jasmine Kudhi! https://t.co/jpTImfkI5H— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) July 24, 2020
31 years ago, when Dr. Cynthia was only 19, she visited Ghana where a female stranger approached her as she needed help.
“She was talking about her daughter who was sick and had a fever,” Cynthia told PEOPLE in an interview. “She picked us just because we were American. There was such a drastic divide between us, and that really hit home. It was in that moment that I knew I wanted to be a physician.”
Cynthia decided at that time that she will become a doctor. But one year later, she became pregnant and her dreams of becoming a doctor were forced to be put on hold.
“Medical school at that time was out of the question,” she said.
After supporting each other through medical school and graduating at the same time, Dr. Cynthia Kudji-Sylvester and her daughter Dr. Jasmine Kudji were shocked and excited to find out they would be reuniting to complete their residency training.@TVKateSnow shares their story. pic.twitter.com/TAqDZFV6wo— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) June 15, 2020
Cynthia now had to take care of a baby and couldn't afford med school and its expenses. So she put her dream of becoming a doctor on hold. She didn't give up, instead, she became a nursing assistant, working her way up over the following 10 years to become a nurse practitioner.
Finally in 2013, with the support of her family, Cynthia had enough money saved to go to medical school.
"Even though it was a long uphill journey, it shaped me. Every disappointment, every accomplishment made me want to push further and create a better life for my daughter.” She said.
Jasmine always looked up to her mom, she knew that she wanted to follow in her mother's footsteps.
“My mom always inspired me to be everything that I wanted to be,” Jasmine told PEOPLE. “I watched her overcome things firsthand. We’ve come a long way.”
Jasmine and her mom Cynthia are now proud doctors who have started their medical residencies on the same date together which is July 1 - through the LSU Health System.
“Jasmine has always been my rock,” Cynthia says. “We’re in this together.”