Bruna Dessena is an Advanced Life Support (A.L.S.) paramedic. Her work has taken her all over the world and exposed her to many interesting assignments and opportunities. The bulk of her career has seen her working in and around Johannesburg, known for it’s high crime and busy hospital casualties. Bruna is an instructor in various aspects of emergency medicine.
In her off-time Bruna has worked as an anti-child abuse activist, volunteering as a counsellor for both Childline and the Teddy Bear Clinic. At the latter she was also a trainer and Senior Facilitator preparing children and parents for court. She presents lectures on child abuse to pre-hospital professionals such as paramedics, as well as med-school, nursing and social work students at various universities, colleges and hospitals in the Western Cape and Johannesburg.
In 2010 she released her first book, “Every Parent’s Nightmare”, a simple and practical guide for adults and parents dealing with child abuse. Her second book, “Tales from my Stethoscope” is a quirky and humorous compilation of stories about the calls she has attended to during the past two decades of her career.