An interview with Nalini Campillo

During my academic training, I witnessed in the emergency room how a woman with diabetes cried together with the doctors at the news of an above-knee amputation. That episode made me become passionate for diabetic foot.

Who are you?

I am a dreamer who wanted to be a doctor to help others, knowing that my knowledge allows me to prevent or control a disorder, relieve pain or close a wound.

How do you see your role as National Representative / Regional Chair?

Although Latin America speaks the same language, the words have completely different meanings. Being a Regional Chair is a great challenge and a great opportunity.

It's a challenge because we are living in developing countries, with different governments and very poor healthcare.

But it also an opportunity because the mission is to establish diabetic foot prevention programmes that have never existed before and thus contribute to avoiding unnecessary amputations in Latin America.

What challenges do you face in your daily professional life?

Illiteracy, poverty, hunger and a high rate of amputations.

If you could change one thing that would change your professional life dramatically, what would it be?

Rulers who keep their promises to change the current situation in our hospitals.

What should D-Foot do?

Educate us, walk with us until we see our primary, secondary and tertiary prevention goals achieved.

Which person do you admire the most and why?

From an early age, I admired Eleanor Roosevelt, a diplomat and human rights activist. Her motto was: “Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You will be criticized anyway; they will reproach you if you do and they will reproach you if you do not. "

What did you want to become when you were a child?

A good doctor.

What do you see when you look into the future?

The future is uncertain and the past should not be repeated. I prefer the present. My present has been forged from the past. It's the foundation of the future. Every tear, stumble and scar enables a human being to mature, learn and grow; in this way, my present has been forged and so the future will come ... step by step.

What makes you happy?

Dancing, watching the sunset, listening to the music that reminds me of unforgettable moments and feeling the sun that paints my skin.

What was the best kiss in your life?

Three unbeatable kisses: the ones I gave each of my children when they were born and I saw them for the first time.

What's your favourite sense?

The skin.

What's your guilty pleasure?

Chocolate.

Who should be the guests at your dream dinner?

My best friends and family.

If you could travel back into time, where would you go?

To the same places where I have been.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

The mother doctor that I am.

What's the most important lesson that life's taught you?

Never stop dreaming.

How would you like to be remembered?

I just wish to be remembered as a human being who was able to improve other people's lives.

 

Nalini Campillo Vilorio is a diabetologist and nutritionist at the Hospital General de la Plaza de la Salud in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She is a National Representative and Regional Chair of the South America Central America Region of D-Foot International.