Reading the article in the Sports section of the May 1 edition, “Yang gets a grip on rare hand condition,” prompts me to write to congratulate her on her personal development and her goal. What an inspiration!
Our daughter Elizabeth, a 2005 graduate of Yosemite High School in Oakhurst, was born with a cleft lip and palate and has endured multiple surgeries throughout her life. Like Pahoua Yang, our daughter experienced taunts and cruel treatment by some peers; but she has turned misfortune into fortune.
Elizabeth received her degree of doctor of medicine from University of California at Los Angeles in 2013, is finishing a three year stint as a post-doctoral research fellow in the plastic surgery department at Stanford University this month, and will begin a six-year residency in integrated plastic surgery at the University of Wisconsin in June. Her goal: To become a cranio-facial surgeon to treat patients born with the same or other birth defects.
I have no doubt Miss Yang will achieve her goal to serve others, as has our daughter. God bless her.
Carol Zielins, Coarsegold