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My mother was born in 1900 and died in 1940. She graduated from the Faneromeni Teacher Training College, but never practiced her profession as well-off young ladies of the time never worked. She married my father as an arranged marriage, who was at the time professor at the Agricultural College. When I was 13, my mother died due to operative complications while on the operating table. I am a pediatrician since 1956. The ministry of Health employed me in 1962 and was posted in the Famagusta hospital. It was the first time that a woman doctor was employed by the government. I worked from 08.00 to 15.00 and 15.00 to 17.00 except from Saturday and Sunday. Innitially I was the only pediatrician in the Famagusta Hospital, where I created and set up its Pediatric section. I was on duty on a 24 hour basis seven days a week. I was later transferred to the Nicosia General Hospital where I worked, with two other pediatricians, until my retirement. Each pediatrician would be on-call for one whole week. Very often I would have to work through the night, and still work my normal schedule the day after. During this period (1962, 1963, 1965) I had my three last children. At that time we were only allowed one-month maternity leave. 
My dream has always been to have a large family and have a career. I brought up five children, and believe that I had a successful career. I received two important awards by the Pancyprian Medical Association and by the Association of Pediatricians.