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Little Yoshinobu was sure that the whole world was against him. Born in Yonaguni,Okinawa Japan in 1952, he contracted poliomyelitis shortly after his birth, and his childhood was a sad round of crutches, watching other children play, having surgery and going to physical therapy. Since his legs were affected, Yoshi developed a famous handstand. But one day, when Yoshi arrived at the hospital for handicapped youth where he was to have a series of surgeries, and he saw the other children. They had cerebral palsy with speech impairment, poor muscle coordination, and some were wheelchair-bound. Others wore helmets as a precaution against head injury and various kinds of prostheses and braces. Stunned by the extensive handicaps suffered by the other children, young Yoshi went to his room alone and wept. He had thought his was the worst case in the world, but he realized he was mistaken. The same evening, he said to himself, “I will become a medical doctor and render service to my fellow human beings—neighbors, others, and the world around me—and be a friend and source of strength and encouragement to those suffering from sickness.” He never forgot his vow. After graduating from college, he had to take his medical school entrance exam twice in order to succeed, but he didn’t give up. Later he came to the United States and earned his medical degree at Loma Linda University, California. Today that sad, angry, handicapped little boy is Dr. Yoshinobu Namihira, who opened the Better Living Clinic and Endoscopy Center where he witnesses and hands out literature to interested patients. It is his joy to relieve people’s physical suffering and to comfort them and pray for them in their distress. His wife Mieko, whose heart-pounding story is included within this book, has also worked extensively in various ministries. Dr. and Mrs. Namihira live in Vicksburg, Mississippi. They have two grown sons.
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Today Yoshinobu Namihira is a successful physician who, along with his wife Mieko, has run a thriving medical practice for over 30 years. But in the 1950s on the war-torn island of Yonaguni in Okinawa, Japan, young Yoshi saw only a world against him. Shortly after his birth, Yoshi contracted poliomyelitis, leaving him unable to run, walk, or even stand. At the age of 12, he went to a hospital specializing in treating children with handicaps. After a series of painful surgeries and intense physical therapy, Yoshi was, with crutches, able to walk for the first time in his life. But Yoshi found something more than just his legs in that hospital. He found his calling in life--to help others in suffering. This is the story of how that boy became the "Doctor On Crutches." It is also the story of Mieko, his better half.
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