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'REMAKING CRIPPLED GIRL" INTO GREAT
ATHLETE HER FIGHT FOR HEALTH
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Four Years Ago She. Was a "Hope
less Cripple," Attended. Day and Night
by Nurses and Doctors. Today She Is
as Shown in Picture op Right.
BY MRS. LILLIAN D. BACKER.
Article No. 1.
When my 14-year-old daughter,
Dorothy Becker, contested with the
world's best swimmers at the recent
aquatic events in San Francisco, win
ing the 50-yard dash for women, she
demonstrated that almost every girl
can be the architectof her own body.
Her showing in these races mark
ed the end of a 1,500-day. experiment
in recreating a "hopeless" invalid into
one of America's fleetes mermaids
and robust outdoor girls. ' ' .
Four years ago, lying in a hospital,
suffering from three serious opera
tions, after a protracted- illness, Dor
othy was given up to die by the best
physicians on the Pacific coast.