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-- -- once said that although the world is full of suffering it is also full of overcoming it.
Doctor Bernard Rawlins is a surgeon who understands that and seeks to help people who patients overcome their problems.
But shortest path of becoming a note -- spine surgeon he had overcome some challenges himself in pursuit.
Of living his life beyond the -- Blends visions as I said early.
All the way up to 86 -- doctor Bernard -- lines as a spine surgeon at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery.
He moved to America from Ghana in pursuit of the American dream.
Devoted so lots of education and study he earned a degree in applied engineering at Columbia University.
Then after attending med school at Cornell Rollins became a successful orthopedic surgeon.
It providing did.
Almost immediate gratification.
In being able to have someone have a problem that you could.
Correct in to fix.
And they can go back to living their lives.
And in the fullest way that they can't.
Evidence of that -- -- pictures of some of -- toughest cases.
This fourteen year old girl for example was born with video graphics goalie doses a severe deformity of the spine.
Using his engineering background and skills as a surgeon Rollins designed this implant to correct the condition giving her a normal life.
What we do is insert these screws and rods in cases in which patients have a spinal deformity for so -- unstable story.
-- the law this fine spit in in place.
That will then allow the spinal bone to heal and become solid.
Rollins path to medicine is unique morning -- -- -- early known he and his siblings -- the product of a tender love story shared between his father a white englishman who fell in love and married an African from Ghana.
The relationship however was often challenged.
Because my father was way.
And my mother was black.
But true love prevails even in the face of racism and -- parents strongly encouraged him to pursue an education.
He attended boarding school in the UK excelled in academics and in boxing.
Becoming the junior ABA champion and was destined for the Olympics but in the face of his father's death.
Rollins returned to Ghana to finish school he was -- and -- to apply for college in America a land of opportunity.
This this country allow -- people who are willing.
Achieve anything they'd like to -- -- hard work.
And the fruits of his labor -- produced a wonderful life he enjoys sharing his dream with his wife Debbie and accomplished classical musician.
They have a daughter majoring in pre -- at Harvard and a son who will be attending Colgate.
Debbie says her husband is committed to helping and mentoring young medical students as well as -- patience to fulfill their dreams.
I think he's contribute didn't.
An idea of a person of an unselfish doctor always giving always looking to help others.
I am -- children especially.
Rollins keeps reaching for higher goals there -- many interest including piloting his own plane.
Each experience he says gives them a greater understanding of just how precious life is and what a gift he's been given.
To live beyond the dreams.
And I to -- doctor Bernie -- Bernard Rollins who of course loves to live his life -- on entry but also shows is that the American dream is still capable and it's alive and well.
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