Filipino-American Fernando Kuehnel is now a successful clinical scientist for pharmaceutical company Novartis in America.
But before he achieved the sweet taste of success, Fernando had to endure life's bitterness and challenges.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News' Balitang America, Fernando relayed that his biological parents left him and his two brothers when he was still six years old. They were brought to an orphanage later on where life became tough.
He managed to escape the orphanage at the age of 10. He pushed carts on the streets and depended on trash food to survive. But he also returned to the orphanage at 13 because he was informed that his two brothers will be adopted and will be brought to America. However, their supposed second parents also returned them.
Fernando's life made a complete turnaround when he was adopted by the Kuehnels family who loved him and his siblings like their own.
Fernando graduated with a bachelor’s in nursing and a summa cum laude in business administration in healthcare. He is currently living comfortably in his home at Dania Beach, Florida and is driving a Porsche Carrera. He wrote a book about his journey titled “My Third Parents”.
“You have to determine what success is to you. It doesn’t have to be millions of dollars. I tell my kids, there’s no problem that can’t be solved. You just won’t like the solution, but the problem can be solved. The takeaway is, you do have to work hard,” he stated.