Friday, July 11, 2008

Girl with rare disabilities dreams of dancing

At Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, 5-year-old Melissa Cortesi is visited by Ruth Proffer as she recovers from the first round of surgical treatments doctors hope will have her walking for the first time in her life. (Sun photo by Elizabeth Malby / July 10, 2008)
Melissa Cortesi, 5, was born in Haiti with a rare genetic disorder that causes joint and muscle problems and prevented her from walking. A U.S. surgical team intervened, performing an 11-hour pro bono surgery to straighten her right leg and correct her club foot. They will do the same to her left leg next month. The Sun (Baltimore)

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