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John Charlton Smith

John Charlton Smith came to Children’s Hospital in 1943, when he was just seven years old. At that time Children’s Hospital was known as the Crippled Children’s Clinic. J.C.’s doctors diagnosed him with polio and he spent the next four years in the hospital battling the virus. A few years ago, J.C. had his hips replaced and while discussing his medical history his doctor mentioned that he may not have been suffering from Polio, but instead an uncommon disease with similar symptoms. Medical advances have come a long way since J.C. came to Children’s and they may not have really known what he suffered from, but they always took good care of him.
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