Column: ‘Women, doctors, local political leaders’: How Dr. Oz handed Democrats a path to victory – and what it means for the 2016 election
‘What’s wrong with you, Dr. Oz?’
That was the question I asked him in the summer of 2013 as he strode into the room where I was a patient with the rare hereditary condition known as Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, a skeletal deformity caused by the abnormal fusion of the sixth and seventh ribs.
In the early 2000s, when the disease was first identified and I was treated by Dr. Robert A. Katz at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases in Bethesda by the pediatrician Dr. Arthur Eisen, as well as by a team of pediatric surgeons at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, we were both aware that surgery and an operation meant a lifetime of pain and disability for my little four-year-old daughter, Anya.
The doctors and the surgical team offered our family a simple solution.
Dr. Katz and Dr. Eisen would perform the surgery, but for the rest of my life I would have to be a patient, and I would have to endure the pain each time she cried out in pain.
Instead, over the course of 14 years, they did the surgery, and we’ve watched as Anya grows into a happy and healthy little girl who has no trouble breathing or walking.
So it was a big surprise to me when, in late 2014, I began experiencing a new problem and, to my horror, saw on the scale that the little girl I had grown to love and care for was now a woman.
It was a shock, and a moment I will never forget.
Anya, who I had named Anya Elizabeth in my head because I had been told it was the name of the first wife in the Bible and the wife God chose to spare me from the pain of the operation, was now a woman.
There was more than just weight to Anya’s new weight. We could now see that her hips were rounder and her breast was bigger.
Her knees were bigger, her calves were longer, and, after a while,