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Dream the Impossible Dream: Nicole's New Legs
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Dream the Impossible Dream: Nicole's New Legs

Born two and a half month's premature, Nicole developed Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. It wasn’t until she was eight months old that her parents noticed that she still had trouble balancing on her own, she also stood on her toes. The doctors assumed she just had weak ankles at first, but after further tests, they officially diagnosed her with CP.

Nicole started noticing some issues about six years ago, and accidentally, came across Dr. Park. It was then that she learned about the SDR surgery. (Chief neurosurgeon T. S. Park, MD, he performs Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) procedure for improving mobility in children & adults with Cerebral Palsy.)

While reading about Dr. Park and his SDR surgery, Nicole realized that she most likely would be a good candidate, and as it turned out, she was. Now the only other issue was her medical insurance. Nicole begun fundraising to ensure she had the money to pay for the operation, after Medicare paid their portion. Thanks to the kindness of strangers and her friends, Nicole’s SDR dream turned into reality.

Thankfully, everything worked out. It has been almost five months since Nicole’s SDR surgery. She saw Dr. Park in St. Louis two weeks ago for her four-month follow-up. He was so pleased with her progress. Nicole was very happy to find out that she did not need physical therapy any longer. At 40, Nicole has new legs and a new life.

Families flock from all over the world to St. Louis to have Dr. Park perform the groundbreaking surgery he has refined over the years. No other surgeon has as much experience with this technique as he does. Dr. Park removes spasticity in the muscles forever, and that helps with fluid movements and proper muscle control. This makes therapy much more productive, as every muscle is then istening to the same message.

Dr. Park is very polite and answered all my questions about the surgery, and even though I am not a candidate like my new friend Nicole. Doctor Park and I even became friends on Facebook! I occasionally ask a question, and he always answers. I have dealt with many doctors in my life, and he is the real deal. He is compassionate and dedicated to helping anyone he feels will benefit from this procedure.

You can connect with Nicole through her FB page -Nicole's New Legs.  Dr. Park’s team also has a Facebook page with 3,513 members, who share stories and information.

If you would like to read the full story of how Nicole got her “new legs”, you can find it here: The Power of Possibility.

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