The End of Spina Bifida Series

I hope you have enjoyed reading about “What is Spina Bifida?” and of the Famous People that have or had suffered from Spina Bifida. Sadly, we have come to the end of our “Spina Bifida Series”. We now begin our “Cerebral Palsy Series” so please enjoy reading.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Jay Bradford Fowler

Jay Bradford Fowler was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 7 July, 1951. In 1987, he received a Bachelor of Arts in English at George Mason University where he was editor of Phoebe-The George Mason Review. He was born with spina bifida a congenital disease in which the spinal column does not close properly. Instead, part of the spinal cord protrudes, which can result in fluid on the brain or other neurological disorders. Fowler has paralysis below the waist. He could walk as a youngster, but he underwent eight operations by the time he was in high school. Fowler was also treated for degenerative arthritis throughout the 1990s.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Gilbert M. Gaul

Gilbert has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize and has been a finalist on four other occasions. Most recently he was part of the reporting team that identified more than $15 billion in waste, fraud and abuse in the nation’s farm subsidy programs, a series that was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer for public service. From birth his son Cary Gaul was rushed to a children’s hospital where he was operated on several times for problems related to spina bifida. Doctors believed he would not walk at all, but as time went along, Cary proved them all wrong. With the help of braces and walkers, along with a strong will, he was able to gradually take more steps.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Buddy Winnett

Buddy Winnett a Horse Jockey and trainer; legally blind and spina bifida. Born in West Virginia to a large family, Winnett was diagnosed with spina bifida, and wasn’t expected to live past the age of 6. As he grew older, he dreamed of joining the Army or playing sports. But at the age of 12, an accident took one of his eyes, and he thought all of his dreams had been taken from him.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Judy Woodruff

Judy Woodruff was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Judy served as the chief White House correspondent for NBC from 1977 to 1982, and covered Washington for The Today Show from 1982 – 83. She is the parent of three children including a son born with severe spina bifida. Her husband is Al Hunt, formerly of CNN and The Wall Street Journal, now Executive Editor of the Bloomberg News Washington, D.C, bureau.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was born on 6 July, 1907 and died on 13 July 1954. Frida was a Mexican painter, who has achieved great international popularity. She painted using vibrant colors in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico as well as European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Kahlo contracted polio at age six, which left her right leg looking thinner sometimes than the other (a deformity Kahlo hid by wearing long skirts). It has also been conjectured that she also suffered from spina bifida, a congenital disease that would have affected both spinal and leg development.

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Spina Bifida Series-Disabled Legend Bruce Payne

Bruce Martyn Payne was born on 22 November, 1960 in London, England. Bruce is an English actor and producer. Payne’s first major film role in 1982 with Michael Blakemore’s Privates On Parade in which he played the singing and dancing Flight Sergeant Kevin Cartwright. At the age of 14 he was diagnosed with a slight form of Spina Bifida. At age 16 he had a two year ordeal with the disease which required surgery to rectify. Bruce was held up in his hospital bed for 6 months after conquering the possibility of becoming paralysed.

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