As a child, Adam Butler remembers spending days in the hospital.
“I want to give back because I know there’s a lot of kids who were in the same situation I was in,” Adam said.
The student and athlete from Midway High School was born with craniosynostosis, a condition where sections of an infant’s skull form too quickly and don’t developing soft spots for the brain to grow and form. A couple months later, he underwent a craniotomy, where a portion of his skull was removed. The skull did not fill back in, so at 3, Adam had another surgery to finish other areas that did not close completely.
During his childhood years, Adam and his family faced another medical challenge with a mass (abnormal spot) in one of his lungs. For this, Adam spent one of his birthday parties at Duke Medical Center.
“At the age of 2 months and 3 years old, he really didn’t know much about it,” his mother Jacquelyn Butler said. “But whenever he was 7, he was very interested in the care going on around him.”
With treatments, he developed a real liking for doctors who treated him well.
“They made me stay calm the whole time and they really inspired me to do my best,” he said. “Ever since, I always wanted to be a doctor, especially dealing with kids.”
Now, Butler has his heart set on becoming a pediatrician and is ready to accomplish that goal. The first step is being selected to a special program at East Carolina University. He was recently selected as one of four recipients granted early assurance into the ECU Brody School of Medicine. The accomplishment began when he enrolled in the ECU Honors College with about 200 other freshmen. In this program, participants have the opportunity to receive early assurance in different graduate programs.
“I knew I wanted to do something in medicine and the Brody School of Medicine was really popular among the doctors I talked to,” Butler said.
After being one of 115 applicants, Butler was notified in January and participated…