Patient Stories

Izzy Kessler

Izzy Kessler, now 20 years old, was born with Cerebral Palsy. In 8th grade, her scoliosis became so severe that surgery was necessary. Dr. Sponseller performed Izzy’s surgery at John Hopkins in Baltimore and was able to completely straighten her spine and give her perfect posture!

Izzy is an athlete, a high school graduate, a coach, and a mentor who began her athletic career early, excelling in bocce and swimming. In high school, she was the captain of the Bethesda Chevy Chase High School Varsity Co-ed Bocce Team, which won the Maryland State Championship. She now coaches that team and competes with the National Rehabilitation Hospital’s adaptive rowing program. She also volunteers two days a week at the hospital to mentor inpatient pediatric patients.


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