Elon Musk isn’t the only South African making waves in the ultra-competitive US tech scene. But where Musk was on a tech trajectory from the outset, it was an unlikely sequence of events that led Joburg-born chiropractor Clint Phillips into the world of telemedicine.

In 2009, Phillips’s two-day-old daughter Gabi had a stroke that paralysed the right side of her body. Doctors told the family it was unlikely she would ever walk or talk properly...

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