Dr. Khalid Syed
A former CBC producer has included a touching tribute to his orthopaedic surgeon in a recently published memoir.
The Man Who Learned to Walk Three Times chronicles the life of Peter Kavanagh, a veteran of the Canadian media.
As an infant in the 1950s, Peter was infected with paralytic polio. He suffered permanent paralysis in the lower part of his left leg, which prevented it from growing properly. Throughout his childhood, he experienced many painful and experimental procedures to even out his legs. After leg braces, surgeries, even a full body cast, Mr. Kavanagh has had to learn how to walk three times over the course of his life.
After becoming a patient of orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Khalid Syed, Peter finally realized his lifelong dream of learning how to walk on legs that are the same length, in a body that can stand straight. Praising Dr. Syed as “brilliant”, Peter described his patient experience as remarkable.
After reading the book in one evening, Dr. Syed was both gratified and humbled.
“It is an incredible feeling and hugely satisfying. He has thanked all of us by writing his memoir and describing his wonderful experience with us in the immortal written word,” comments Dr. Syed.