From Farmworkers to Physicians: Twin Mexican Immigrant Boys Grew Up to Become HS Valedictorians — and Just Graduated From Medical School

Drs. Octavio (left) and Omar Viramontes (Octavio and Omar Viramontes/Facebook)

Drs. Octavio (left) and Omar Viramontes (Octavio and Omar Viramontes/Facebook)

It would have been a longshot bet that twin brothers beset by physical and economic challenges would one day become international academic stars. But when they recently graduated from top medical schools, having spent their childhoods struggling with a rare speech impediment and toiling in the fields as immigrant farmworkers, the congratulations for Octavio and Omar Viramontes came in multiple languages from around the globe.

Dr. Octavio (Harvard Medical School) and Dr. Omar (UCLA Medical School) received their M.D.s just one day apart. As CBS News reported, their academic success was a testament to the perseverance and work ethic of their parents — especially their mother, Maria, who introduced her sons to the library and emphasized the importance of education . . .

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