Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) recently hosted Dr. Tyler Sexton as an Emily Staples Hearin Communication Center Featured Speaker. Dr. Sexton discussed his life with Cerebral Palsy and hyperbaric research and how he overcame adversity.
Dr. Sexton is the epitome of resilience. Not only was he told that he would “never walk, talk or even see,” but Sexton beat the odds through 16 surgeries.
Sexton told ASMS students a story of why he had aspirations to become a doctor, specializing in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. His doctor, at the time, told him that he would never become a scuba diver, because of his disability, which made Sexton all the more resilient. He pursued his passion and has climbed the ranks of recreational scuba diving and turned his passion into his career as a Hyperbaric physician.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe treatment designed to help heal complex wounds. Patients are placed in a pressurized system for short periods of time, breathing 100% oxygen. A caregiver is alway present to assist the patients, and patients even have the option to listen to music or watch movies. The treatments last around two hours and according to the prescribing physician, could be one to two times a day. Learn more about Hyperbaric treatments here.
“If you live by everyone else’s approval, you will die by their rejection,” Sexton says.
Sexton gives the credit of his triumphal recovery as a child to his faith. He has been raising awareness about overcoming adversity for the disabled on many platforms. Not only has he been speaking to groups of children with disabilities, but he has also been on various TV programs, educating a broader audience.
Sexton recently published a book titled “God Bless the Little Legs” with his mother, Lisa Sexton, about his triumph. This book is a first-hand account, taken from journals, that he and his mother kept over the last 20 years. You can purchase a copy of Sexton’s Ebook on Amazon.
Sexton earned his medical degree from University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine, in the Caribbean, and completed his residency at the University of South Alabama. Before Sexton was successful in graduating with his doctoral degree, he was rejected from 20 medical schools because of his disabilities. He told ASMS students another story of resilience, where he changed college advisors three times, before he found one that believed in his aspirations to become a doctor.
Sexton reminded ASMS students, “Just because someone says it can’t be done, doesn’t mean it can’t be done.”
More than once, Sexton proclaimed that he embraces his life with Cerebral Palsy and would not want it any other way.
To read Dr. Tyler Sexton’s entire bio, please visit: www.singingriverhealthsystem.com
You can also check out a short video of Dr. Sexton discussing the benefits of Hyperbaric treatments with diabetic patients, here.
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Dr. Tyler Sexton with his first service dog, Danny.