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My Child Was Crippled

I put Adaline's case in the hands of a leading orthopedic surgeon. He first operated on her when she was five. During the following i i years his treatment changed Adaline from a child who could scarcely walk at all, who, as an adult would have been barred from almost every normal activity, to a person who, while she walks somewhat lamely, wears no brace, and can go anywhere alone, although she cannot dance or participate in active sports.
Such progress did not come overnight. It took four painful surgical operations, various types of massage and physiotherapy treatments, endless special exercises. The results from these exercises were imperceptibly slow and had to be pursued with unfaltering perseverance. I set aside a certain hour, never permitting anything to interfere, and during the remainder of the day we did not even mention those exercises.
My husband and I made it a rule never to discuss in the family circle Adaline's treatments and operations. We never behaved as though the surgical operations were spectacular events. The result was that Adaline and her two brothers and sister took the whole business with amazing juvenile composure. When Adaline was in the hospital the children took her toys and games, but all emphasis was placed on how glad we should be to have her home, never on how much we pitied her.
The greatest difficulty came from doting relatives. Although a complete cure was never promised, their head-shaking after each operation made me want to strangle them. They always exclaimed, "Another operation!" Their tone implied that we had tried surgery once, and since it could work no miracle, we should abandon it.
As long as a lame child can get about to play at all, he seems pathetic neither to himself nor to his youthful friends. Time and again I have felt positively humble at the philosophical wisdom with which Adaline's contemporaries disposed of her limitation. There were certain things Adaline couldn't do, but that needn't matter too much, because there were other things she could do. When they organized games they gave her the parts she could do. When she fell,

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