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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This is why we work in healthcare: The story of Daniel's dance

Daniel working with Stephanie during physical therapy as he trained for the big day.Here’s an inspiring story about one of our team members and the patient, and family, she teamed up with to create something amazing. This was submitted by Debbie McLeish of Meadowview, Virginia, about her grandson and about Stephanie Gibson, physical therapist with Johnston Memorial Hospital outpatient physical therapy.



My grandson, Daniel, age 11, is faced with the many challenges from having cerebral palsy. Daniel has been seeing Stephanie Gibson for the past four years. We began our journey with him in need of assistance in almost everything he did. With a contagious, joyful spirit, Stephanie has interacted with him in a way that seems more like playing rather than “hard work.” Daniel arrives ready to work and leaves with a smile on his face each and every session. Her efforts have brought him from the wheelchair to his walker.  


I asked Stephanie a couple of years ago if she would help teach Daniel to dance so he could surprise his aunt, and dance with her at her wedding. It was important to me for him to be part of the wedding.


We worked very hard for months so this could happen. When the wedding arrived, Daniel was able, with some assistance, to dance. I can assure you there was not a dry eye in the house when Daniel joined his auntie on the dance floor. This is a memory that will forever be part of our family history. Thank you Stephanie.


It is our greatest hope that one day Daniel will walk on his own without the use of his walker or braces. Stephanie is a critical part of his treatment plan and this dream would not be possible without her. Our family is most grateful for all the love and attention she gives our angel Daniel. The world is a better place because of her.