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Most doctors choose their specialty. In the case of Dr. Jan Brunstrom, her specialty chose her.
“I never thought I would do this,” she explained.
One of the busiest doctors at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, she and her team treat kids with cerebral palsy, more than 2,000 a year. They come from as far away as Europe and on this day, she had patients from Philadelphia and Cedar Rapids.
“She understands the needs of the kids,” said mom Donna Ferguson from Pennsylvania.
Kristi Trotter from Iowa, another mom added, “She really looks at it whatever abilities children do have rather than which ones they don’t.”
Cerebral palsy is the term for a non-contagious group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move their limbs, maintain posture and in some cases communicate. These children face many challenges and no one knows that better than Dr. Brunstrom. She too has cerebral palsy.
“When I was born,” she said, “they told my dad that I had zero chance of survival.”
Born premature and during a time when children with CP were pretty much written off, Dr. Brunstrom’s parents took a different approach.
“My mom was really tough and she wasn’t going to let me grow up and be dependent on other people,” she explained.
With some tough love, she didn’t just fit in she stood out.
For more from Mike Bush of KSDK, click here.