ON A SPECIAL EDITION OF '20/20,' DOCTORS WITH DISABILITIES AND OTHERS INSPIRED BY TRAGEDY SHARE STORIES OF RESILIENCE AND SURVIVAL
'20/20: The Good Doctors: Brilliance & Bravery' Airs Wednesday, September 13, on ABC
The only thing more amazing than the lives they save are their own life stories. Wednesday night, "20/20" Anchor Elizabeth Vargas sits down with doctors who have disabilities, are inspired by tragedy and practice improvised medicine, as they share their inspiring stories of resilience and survival. A special edition of "20/20: The Good Doctors: Brilliance & Bravery" airs WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
The special edition highlights a number of stories, including that of Dr. Tyler Sexton, who didn't let his dream of becoming a doctor be hindered by his spastic diplegia diagnosis, which affects balance and movement below the waist. Despite advisors and professionals telling him he could never become a doctor, he persevered, and today is the Chief of Pediatrics at Singing River Health System in Mississippi. Vargas also speaks with Dr. Debbie Yi, who, unlike Sexton, decided to become a doctor later in life when she turned personal tragedy into professional choice. While on vacation, Yi received a call telling her that her sister had been hit by a subway. As a result, her sister lost her leg, and Yi supported her throughout the recovery period. Through this experience, Yi realized that her purpose in life was to become a doctor like the ones who saved her sister's life. The hour also features Dr. Luanne Freer, who practices medicine in a tent on the side of the world's tallest mountain, Mt. Everest. Freer started "Everest ER," which does not have the same resources and equipment as a hospital, forcing her to improvise out of medical necessity. She shares the story of how she saved a man's life using improvised medical procedures and medications, including Viagra.
"20/20" is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer.