I was a patient of Children's Hospital as an infant. I was born in Fort Payne on July 20, 1948. I had one operation for interception and one for diverticulitis. I think I spent my first Christmas in the hospital. The second surgery was about eight months after the first.
In my adult life several doctors have told me I was lucky to be alive because both of those problems are very hard to detect especially in an infant. I guess I owe my life to the doctors and nurses at The Children's Hospital.
I also had clubfeet and started wearing casts when I was ten days old. I'm not sure where in Birmingham we went for that, but a Dr. Sherrill was the first doctor I saw for that.