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Friday, July 11, 2014

Crew Focus - Physical Therapist

Most days you will find Courtney on the dock, working in the Rehab tent with our Orthopedic and Plastics patients. Courtney leads the Africa Mercy Rehab team—she and her crew are responsible for helping bring function back to patients’ lives using therapeutic methods like serial casting and creative exercises. Thanks to our physical and occupational therapists, function is restored to people who never thought they’d be able to write, or throw a ball, or walk normally. We thank God every day for Courtney and the Rehab Team!

Do you have a patient story or interaction that is special to you? 
In Guinea, we had a patient who was a street dancer who had been burned in a house fire.  He had surgery to release elbow and axilla (armpit) contractures.  He had been in outpatient therapy for a couple of weeks, and after a long day of stretching on treatment session, he was able to touch his face for the first time in over a year.  We got to celebrate his first time bringing food to his mouth in a long time by eating cookies!

What does the word “love” mean to you?
Love is the active choice of trying to do the best for someone else, even at a cost to yourself.

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