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Saving a Teenager’s Life

Courtney Montgomery, right, and her mother Michelle Michelle Mescall at Duke University Medical Center. Photo by Jim Bounds of AP.

Teenagers often resist getting medical treatment for various reasons, including fear and concerns about body image.

Cheers to USA Today for this article  about how Duke University Medical Center social worker Shani Foy-Watson helped persuade  a resistant 16-year-old Courtney Montgomery to get a much-needed heart transplant.

Instead of lecturing the teen Foy-Watson, MSW, PhD, had a high school football player who had a successful heart transplant  talk to Courtney.

Courtney immediately agreed to the surgery after meeting Josh Winstead. In fact, Josh took her to his prom a week before her surgery.

“I guess me doing what I do, being a kid, helped out the most,” Josh said. “It was more just showing her how normal my life is.”

Social workers play a key role in helping clients secure good healthcare. To learn more, visit the National Association of Social Workers “Help Starts Here” Health & Wellness Web page by clicking here. Social workers have also met with Hollywood screenwriters to educate them about women’s health issues. Click here to read a SocialWorkersSpeak.org article on the latest meeting in March.

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