I'am from Croatia, 31 year old private pilot (PPL-A) who wanted to be a pilot all my life. As you know becoming a commercial pilot is realy expensive, as my parents are divorced and my mom can only finance living expenses (dad didn't want to help and didn't want to stay in contact with us) I started my PPL theory in 2017 when I managed to save the money for it, but on 23.04.2018 I had realy bad accident with my right hand, almost lost 3 fingers in total, but on that day a young plastic surgeon with great knowledge and will was working, he was operating over 4 hours on my hand to try to save as much as he can, he did a great job and I am for ever thankful to him, we even become friends. I later learn from world profound hand surgeon dr. Milomir Ninkovic from München that I would lose 3 fingers in total if it was someone else operated me, when dr. Ninkovic saw what was my injury was he was amazed with the result, I ended up with one amputated, 2 semi amputated fingers, and damaged 2 MCP and 1 PIP joint.
The recovery was long and panful, but when I heard from Aviation medical authority that I can still get medical to fly I gave my best to get as much function in that hand as I can, sometimes even went on 2-3 physical therapy a day, and had another surgery. It took me more then a year to finish with physical therapy but my doctor and Aviation agency doctor was amazed with what I achieved, even got back almost 100% of the strength.
in 2019 I finished all of my theoretical test and started to fly, in 2020 I passed my PPL check ride, and Aviation agency main doctor told me I will get medical class 1 needed for commercial pilot license (CPL)
I have spend around 10.000€ so far, and would need around 35000€ more to complete all that is needed to be eligible for aviation company for a job. to get all the license (ATPL theory, CPL, SE/IR, ME/IR, MEP, Night VFR, MCC) and hour building would take around 1.5-2 years, and I believe I can earn that 5000€ and manage my living expenses, so I set the goal for 30000€