Rossana Zotti always had her eyes set on becoming a doctor, but she changed gears to focus her undergraduate studies on mechanical engineering to give her an edge as a physician.

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Medicine has been a constant in Zotti’s life. While pregnant with her in Paraguay, Zotti’s mother was diagnosed with toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease that could result in a baby being born with physical and intellectual disabilities. Zotti’s mother had difficulty finding a doctor to provide adequate health care during her pregnancy. Finally, a physician, whose daughter had been in a similar situation, agreed to treat her, and Zotti was born healthy.

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