Prof John Wyatt was at the top of his medical profession, bringing hope to countless families confronting the trauma of having severly ill new born babies, when he experienced a sudden psychotic episode. In this interview John shares how his humiliating experience has transformed him, a strange gift that he would now never swap. John takes the stigma out of mental health problems and offers hope to all of us who are suffering such pain.
The strange gift of pain
The redemptive experience of a psychotic episode
John Wyatt is Emeritus Professor of Neonatal Paediatrics, Ethics and Perinatology at University College London and a Senior Researcher at the Faraday Institute, Cambridge. His background is as a paediatrician caring for sick and premature infants and as a medical researcher in applied neuroscience, developing new methods for the prevention of brain injury in newborn babies.
He has a long-standing interest in ethical dilemmas raised by advances in medical and digital technologies and has frequently engaged in public and professional consultations and debates on complex ethical issues concerning the beginning and ending of life.