Generation Grit: Beating a nightmarish past to fulfil her childhood dream

Dr Mumtaz Mohamed Yusoff overcame the turbulence of her childhood to excel in her studies. This is her story in the series on millennials who overcame the odds.

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Dr Mumtaz Mohamed Yusoff came from a broken family and grew up poor. Determined to succeed, she excelled in her studies and is now a doctor at Tampines Polyclinic.
Dr Mumtaz Mohamed Yusoff with a mock patient at Changi General Hospital. As a child, she threw herself into studying to escape the turmoil at home. Now a doctor at Tampines Polyclinic, she says her struggles have helped her develop more empathy for h
Dr Mumtaz Mohamed Yusoff with a mock patient at Changi General Hospital. As a child, she threw herself into studying to escape the turmoil at home. Now a doctor at Tampines Polyclinic, she says her struggles have helped her develop more empathy for her patients. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
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One person, above all others, is the reason Mumtaz Mohamed Yusoff strives to be a successful doctor doing well in life.

"I want to get out of the vicious circle of poverty so I can repay my mum for all the sacrifices she has made," the 28-year-old doctor told The Straits Times.

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