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An entire family of doctors goes viral after a photo of a sibling posted in honor of National Sibling Day.
Dr. Chinyere Okpaleke, or Dr. Chi as she calls her, is a family physician in Houston and one of seven siblings. In honor of National Siblings Day on April 10, Okpaleke posted a photo of herself, four of her sisters and a brother, shocking the world, who quickly realized they were all doctors.
Dr Chi spoke with Thanks to them we can about the inspiration that inspired them to get into medicine, saying, “Each of our stories is unique. Our health journey has been led and encouraged by each other, especially our parents. We all shared the desire to help others and to play a vital part in ensuring someone’s health is taken care of in good hands. “
All but two of the siblings attended the University of South Florida. Chinelo attended Florida International Night University and Lillian graduated from FAMU. The seven are also the product of physician parents. Their father, Andrew Okpaleke, MD, is a retired internal medicine physician. And their mother, Celina Okpaleke, PA has owned her own home health care business for over two decades.
“We are Nigerians so we have this cultural background of my parents being immigrants and fundamentally sacrificing to come here for a better life. Their idea of wanting us to be successful came from the way they raised us, ”said Dr Chi.
Pictured are Okway Okpaleke siblings, MD, Chinelo Okpaleke, PA, Nkiru Osefo, MD, Ifeoma Okpaleke, NP, Okpaleke, NP and Dr. Chi. His sister Lillian Okpaleke, MD, is the only one not pictured.
She added that her parents couldn’t be more proud of each of them.
“They are more than proud of us! They raised diligent and hardworking human beings, and they prayed that their difficult journey as immigrants would not be in vain. We have seen our parents sacrifice so much to give us a chance to make the most of our blessings they have given us, so it was right that we did our part to make their sacrifices worth it, ”he said. she declared. Thanks to them we can.
Since the family photo was shared on LinkedIn, it has been liked over 170,000 times and garnered almost 6,000 comments.
“Someone told me he printed it out and had it on his fridge so his kids could see it as a motivation. It’s very touching. I am happy that we can shed light on today’s world ”. Dr Chi said.
While she is grateful for all the love and support of her family, the Houston doctor also has some advice for parents.
“Let your kids find their way. Always encourage them and lead them in the direction that will make them happy. Their passion should always replace a title,” she said.
Congratulations to the whole Okpaleke family! Thanks to you, we can!
Photo courtesy of Nola Laleye / GMA (left to right) Okway Okpaleke, MD, Chinelo Okpaleke, PA, Nkiru Osefo, MD, Ifeoma Okpaleke, NP, Queenate Okpaleke, NP and Chinyere Okpaleke. Parents Andrew Okpaleke, MD and Celina Okpaleke, PA, are seated in front. Sister Lillian Okpaleke is not pictured.