Hattiesburg pediatrician John Gaudet likes to get up close and personal with his young patients. So when muscular dystrophy began to hamper his hands-on style, he came to Methodist Rehab’s Assistive Technology Clinic for guidance.

Clinic staff looked at Dr. Gaudet’s health and lifestyle needs, and custom-fit the active physician with a standing power wheelchair. Now he can rise high to reach babies in hospital bassinets or go low to capture wiggly toddlers at his Children’s Medical Group office.

“It gives me more flexibility – it’s liberating,” he says. “I really wouldn’t be able to do my job efficiently without it.”

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