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Poverty, dropping out of school, unintentionally pregnant: The hard way of Germany's best-known emergency doctor Lisa Federle


Highlights: Lisa Federle is Germany's best-known emergency physician. She made a name for herself during the pandemic with the "Tübingen Model" Now Federle presents her biography "Auf krummen Wege geradeaus" "I think it comes across as more authentic than if someone else had written it," Federle says of her biography. She believes it is essential that young people have access to social issues.. She can, as she says herself, "talk to a homeless person just as she does to a professor"

Status: 02.10.2023, 04:46 a.m.

By: Sina Alonso Garcia


She is Germany's best-known emergency physician and, among other things, made a name for herself during the pandemic with the "Tübingen Model". Now Lisa Federle presents her biography.

Tübingen - Lisa Federle certainly didn't have it easy in life. Dropping out of school, unplanned pregnancy at the age of 17, a drug-addicted partner and times when she had nothing to eat due to poverty. At a young age, no one would have believed that she would one day study medicine and become Germany's best-known emergency doctor. Instead of looking back bitterly on the difficult time, Federle has no regrets: "I think if I hadn't gone this way in life, I wouldn't have the understanding for people today that I have now," she says in an interview with BW24.

Lisa Federle wrote biography herself - "I think it comes out more authentically than if someone else had written it"

In her biography "Auf krummen Wege geradeaus", the Tübingen emergency physician tells her life story for the first time: from childhood with the early death of her father, her doctorate at the age of 37 to her commitment to refugees, homeless people and children. "I wrote the book because I want to encourage other people," says Federle. She herself raised four children, was completely on her own at times, but never lost sight of her dream. "Even in the most difficult times, I always knew clearly: I wanted to be a doctor."

Anyone who talks to Federle quickly realizes that she is always concerned with the matter. She doesn't take herself too seriously. "There are people who have achieved much more," she says with a wave of dismissal when it comes to the notoriety of her person. The offer to write a biography was already eleven years ago in the room - but at that time she did not want to go public. In the meantime, more and more people have asked if she could write down her really special life story.

Lisa Federle's autobiography is a single plea for side paths, curiosity, empathy and respect. © dpa/Knaur

"First, I hired a ghostwriter," says Federle. The first excerpts would have disappointed her. "It just wasn't my style and I didn't like it," she says. "Every one of my friends I showed it to said, 'That's not you.'" Federle was therefore faced with the decision to put the project on hold or to take action himself. For the next two months, she worked on her biography every day from 23 p.m. to 1 a.m. In the meantime, she is happy to have written everything herself. "I think it comes across as more authentic than if someone else had written it," she says. Shortly after its publication, her book was temporarily out of print. Now it is at number 3 on the Spiegel bestseller list.

Lisa Federle: "I can talk to a homeless person just as I can talk to a professor"

What makes Lisa Federle special: She can, as she says herself, "talk to a homeless person just as she does to a professor". The social aspect was also incredibly important to her in the education of her children. "The children were often on emergency duty and helped me with little things. In the process, they also experienced suffering, for example when it came to the elderly." Federle believes it is essential that young people have access to social issues. "In the meantime, all my children have made their way and I have a very good relationship with them. For me, this shows that you can work and still raise children successfully."


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While her mother kicked out the young Lisa Federle at the age of 17, she always drew a lot of strength from her good relationship with her father. He died when she was eleven years old and had given her the necessary self-confidence to believe in herself during her lifetime.

Lisa Federle: Germany's best-known emergency physician

Back in 2015, during the refugee crisis, Lisa Federle converted a mobile home into a mobile doctor's office and treated people in front of the homes. During the Corona pandemic, it relied on a comprehensive testing strategy from the outset, primarily to protect people in nursing homes. Tübingen's pilot project "Opening with Security" in February 2021 finally catapulted them into the limelight.

Interest in Federle's book is currently unabated: after the sold-out reading in Tübingen, the reading in Stuttgart on May 11, at which she was musically accompanied by her friend Dieter Thomas Kuhn and his band, was also sold out. Around ten more readings are planned at locations throughout Germany. Meanwhile, she receives only positive feedback for her book from acquaintances and friends: "Some have written to me that they laughed heartily, but in some places they also cried."

Source: merkur

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