We are delighted to have Janine Shepherd onboard as a keynote speaker. Once a champion cross country skier, her life was irrevocably altered when she was hit by a truck while training for the winter Olympics.
Her neck and back were broken, and her right arm, collarbone and five ribs fractured. Her leg and abdomen received severe lacerations, sustained head injuries and massive internal injuries, and lost five litres of blood. Doctors warned her parents that she was not expected to survive her ordeal, and on the outside chance that she did recover, she would never walk again.
Her fighting spirit was rekindled watching small planes flying overhead. She made a decision: “ If I can’t walk, I’ll fly.” And fly she did. While still covered in a full body plaster cast, Janine was lifted into an aircraft for her first flight.
Within a year she had her private pilot’s licence. Despite remaining a partial paraplegic she battled on to gain her commercial pilots licence, her Instrument rating, her twin engine rating, and her Instructor’s rating. She then went on to become a fully qualified aerobatics instructor.
Janine’s story of defying the odds and winning is both moving and inspiring. Her presentation will provide consumer insights, to all those working in the healthcare industry, and demonstrate how our care for our patients can literally change a life.
Janine has witnessed first hand the teamwork that has gone into her recovery, from the surgeons who operated on her, to the nursing staff who cared to her, and the family that supported her.
At APAC Forum 2016 she will share her inspiring story, her health and fitness philosophy, and the tools she uses to maintain wellness in a keynote that is likely to impart hope, teach resilience, and deliver a unique perspective.
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