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10-year-old travels from Houston to Boston and wows her surgeon with piano performance

Jessica pianoJessica Lewsley’s annual follow-up appointment with her orthopedic surgeon Dr. Peter Waters is a fairly routine affair—x-rays and strength and function testing. Jessica was born with a birth defect to her left hand, which developed only a thumb and little finger. “Dr. Waters always shares little pearls of wisdom, and we all look forward to our visit every year,” says Jessica’s father Mike.

This year’s visit, however, was a bit different.

Mike pulled out his iPad and showed Waters a Jessica playing “Alouette” on the piano.

“It will move you to tears,” says Waters. “Rather than focusing on what is missing, Jessica and her family have been great about celebrating all that she can do. Their acceptance, love and support has had a major impact on her life.”

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