Monday, 24. November 2014
12. 02. 13. - 16:00
A top heart surgeon who gave up medicine to become a trucker has been forced off the road after his business flatlined.
Swiss surgeon Markus Studer, 66, hung up his scalpel on his 50th birthday after a lifetime as a medic.
"I'd reached the highest point of my career as a surgeon and I wanted to stop there. I decided to start in my new dream profession," he said.
"I travelled the world, broadened my horizon. It was such a great time.
"Even now I can not imagine any better place than in my bed in my truck with the rain pounding on the roof," added Studer, once the leading cardiac surgeon at
Zurich University Hospital.
But now Studer has sold his distinctive bright red Mercedes-Benz rig after being driven off the road by cheap competition from eastern Europe.
"Now on the roads you almost only see trucks with Czechs, Poles and Lithuanians at the wheel. They have lower costs and the cost of living is a lot less than it is in Switzerland." he explained.
"I had no choice. It was no longer economically viable," he added.
Now the transport mad medic, has got another job on the road - as a driver with a chauffeur company.
"At least now my load talks to me and that's a bit different from orange juice," he said.
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