Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sabrina B is an ACC Champion...THANKS Dr. Hey for your help!!

Hi Dr. Hey and Shelbi,
The below is written by my husband, Leo (Sabrina's dad):
Blessings for a great day,
Dianna T. B__________
Dr. Hey and team,

I just wanted to send you all another encouraging update.  In case anyone asks if you can return to competitive swimming after major scoliosis surgery, I think you can answer with an emphatic YES.  Last night at the ACC Championships, Sabrina and her teammates pulled off a surprising upset and won the 200 Medley Relay!  Not only was their time fast enough to set a new school record, but it also qualified them for the NCAA Championships next month.  Sabrina led off the relay and swam her fastest 50 yard Backstroke time ever!  She swam the first leg/stroke of the relay (backstroke is first in the medley relay) and she won (first backstroker to touch the wall), so she had VT in the lead, and the breaststroker, the butterflyer and then the freestyler maintained that lead for the win. All of this, and it has not even been 10 months since she was fused T5-L1 last May.  It’s been a lot of hard work on her part to return to competition, and we can’t thank you enough for you and your team's skill and kindness throughout the process.  Please feel free to share this with your team and anyone else looking for encouragement facing such a major surgery.

In the champion celebration photo attached here: A split second before the reporter snapped this photo, Sabrina's relay teammate and roommate at VT (the freestyler, which is the last stroke in med relay) hit the wall, finishing first amongst all the other freestylers

Blessings to you all!

Leo B________

Dr. Lloyd Hey --- Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery --

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