- A University of Oklahoma student was involved in an accident nine years ago when her truck went down a steep hill and flipped twice.
- Mary Beth Davis still managed to return to school even though the accident left her with a broken neck and paralyzed.
- Being bound in a wheelchair didn’t stop her in pursuing another dream as she graduated from Oklahoma State University as a doctor of veterinary medicine.
University of Oklahoma student Mary Beth Davis was driving home to Guthrie, Oklahoma nine years ago when her truck went down a steep hill and flipped twice due to distracted driving.
The accident left her with a broken neck and she was paralyzed. Her condition didn’t crush her spirit as she was able to return to school the next semester and graduated in 2011.
Mary Beth had another accomplishment this past weekend as she became one of the few people who use a wheelchair to graduate from Oklahoma State University as a doctor of veterinary medicine.
“It’s definitely not an easy profession,” said Davis. “I kind of have to train and adapt myself to be ambidextrous and use my left hand for surgical procedures and stuff like that.”
Mary Beth is thankful for the university’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences for being extremely accommodating with her disability, according to Stillwater News Press.
“A lot of work went into making sure there were push buttons on all the doors,” Mary Beth said. “Different tables were installed for me so that I could get under them and closer to a patient. A specific surgery table gave me the accessibility and ease to perform the way that I needed to. It was definitely something I was worried about coming into vet school. It made my life around the hospital and over at McElroy Hall a lot easier.”
But her journey was not easy as there have been times that she didn’t think she would come so far.
“Those were some of the darkest times that I had,” she told news outlet KFOR. “All I was worried about was, can I go back to school? Can I still drive? Am I going to be able to have kids?”
But good things are coming her way. Mary Beth is getting married in November and she already has a couple of job offers.
“If I could expand on that and reach out to more people and there be more of a group to connect with and have people relate with each other, that would be helpful,” she said, encouraging other people in wheelchairs to become veterinarians.
She also wants to reach out to people and warn them that she’s an example of why you should never text and drive.
“Just be careful on the road,” Mary Beth said. “One text message is not worth your life or somebody else’s.”