People of the U: Corinne Sampson and Alyssa Bradford
Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2020
By: Annie Oeth, firstname.lastname@example.org
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Children’s of Mississippi physical therapists Corinne Sampson and Alyssa Bradford were nominated as a duo for People of the U honors. The two team up to help patients during treatment sessions at the state’s only children’s hospital.
Angela Cooper, a registered nurse at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, nominated the pair for the way they’ve turned physical therapy, which can be strenuous, into play time for her daughter, Arlie, who has cerebral palsy.
“These two therapists make my daughter’s PT sessions so much fun,” Cooper said.
Sampson and Bradford keep Arlie, an imaginative 5-year-old, motivated by calling her whatever name she chooses that day. Sometimes she likes to go by “Maggie,” and other days, she likes to be “Sofia.”
Arlie loves to play with dolls, so Sampson, her PT, attaches baby dolls to her walker or tricycle so she can take them with her as she strengthens her muscles.
The fun ramps up when Bradford joins in. Earning the nickname “Sneaky” from Arlie, Bradford will try to sneak up on her while she’s walking or cycling. This always results in peals of laughter, but also something else: more effort from Arlie.
“I honestly see my daughter the happiest when she’s doing therapy with Corinne and being spooked by ‘Sneaky,’” Cooper said. “Their fun-loving spirit makes all the hard work seem like play time, and I really appreciate them. They love their job, and it shows!”
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