Victory Map: More than 183,000 People in Turkey Help Teacher Get the Treatment She Needs to Walk Again

Aug 7, 2015

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Şeyda Gökçe Bakan, a teacher who was severely injured in a car accident, will receive therapy that will enable her to walk again, thanks to a petition started by Şeyda’s colleagues.

Last winter, Şeyda was driving to the high school where she teaches in an underdeveloped area of eastern Turkey, when she lost control of her car on the icy roads. She broke her neck and was left unable to walk.

Over the following eight months, Şeyda underwent a series of surgeries and physical therapy, but none of the treatments helped her to regain mobility.

Her doctors told her only hope of walking again was to receive physical treatment in GATA, a state-run military research hospital. But being hospitalized in GATA is subject to special authorization.

That’s when Şeyda’s fellow teachers and alumni from Uludag University stepped in.

They created a petition on July 1 – “Let Şeyda get her treatment in GATA” – and soon after the country’s top publications were writing about Şeyda. Signatures on the petition started building. Members of parliament visited Şeyda and promised their support.

Twenty-eight days and 183,708 signatures later, Şeyda was granted admittance for treatment at GATA. On Monday, July 27, Nabi Avcı, the Minister of Education, called Şeyda to tell her not only will she be treated at GATA in Ankara, but also she has been appointed to a teaching position there.

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