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Letter: Brodsky was a rock for patients, families

Brodsky was a rock for patients, families

When Dr. Linda Brodsky passed away on Feb. 13, an era passed away with her. She embodied the true meaning of the words courage, devotion, love and trust, not only for her youngest patients and their families, but also for the feminist movement in the medical field.

Our family first met Dr. B in 1991 when our grandson was born in Children’s Hospital with serious health issues that none of the doctors had answers for. Step in Dr. B. When a life-threatening situation occurred (he was 6 pounds) she performed a tracheotomy at 3 a.m., then left to a scheduled back surgery for herself at 8 a.m. That’s devotion! Our grandson is now a college junior. When a great-grandchild was born with health issues, Dr. B was the answer. When a grandchild was born with special needs, naturally, Dr. B was there for us. She was our rock.

As she treated our grandson, she realized how many children in this area and around the country were born with a Hemangioma. Thus began a Hemangioma Clinic at Children’s Hospital. Children came from all over the country to be treated by her and her staff.

She also founded Women MD Resources, which helps women physicians fight discrimination. All her accomplishments in her fight for equality for women in the medical field will be remembered and appreciated.

Yes, she was tough and tenacious when she had to be, but gentle and caring to both children and parents. Our deepest sympathy to her family. She will always be in our hearts and our prayers.

Ray and Fran Carr