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Australia girl is 4,000th cerebral palsy patient to come to St. Louis hospital for life-changing surgery

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 1/31/2019

Jan. 31--Seven-year-old Ivy Rogers from Australia has become the 4,000th patient at St. Louis Children's Hospital to take steps after receiving a pioneering spinal surgery by Dr. T.S. Park that enables children with cerebral palsy to walk, hospital officials announced Wednesday.

The Post-Dispatch wrote about Park and his surgery technique in 2011, describing how families were coming from all over the world for the life-changing procedure. To date, patients have come from 77 countries and 49 states in the U.S.

After just 28 days of recovery and physical therapy, Ivy has gone from her motorized wheelchair to using a walker, according to a hospital press release.

"She took 100 steps down the hallway," stated Michelle Roger, Ivy's mom. "To see her do that with so little support and we're only five weeks from surgery, it's blowing my mind, it's way more than we expected."

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