Deep Breaths, Deeper Bond

The first time Respiratory Therapy Manager Marcela Spraul tried to get Courtney to walk, the then-12-year-old simply refused. Now 17, Courtney is planning to follow in Marcela’s footsteps.

The Olive Branch, Mississippi, resident was at Shriners Hospitals for Children — St. Louis on Oct. 19 for a follow-up visit. She sought Marcela to tell her the news: She was going to go to college to become a pediatric respiratory therapist because of the care she was shown while recovering from scoliosis surgery.

“If I hadn’t met Marcela and seen how she takes care of kids, I know I wouldn’t have made this decision,” Courtney said.

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