GaviriaMarcela Gaviria survived a childhood cancer that nearly took her leg.

She’s spent the last 30 years dealing with complications from that illness, and in that time she has stuck with the same orthopedic doctor, Dempsey Springfield.

Marcela and Dr. Springfield have lost count of just how many surgeries they’ve been through together, but at StoryCorps they remember the very first one.

Originally aired October 19, 2012, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Top: Marcela dances with Dr. Springfield at her wedding in June 2012. Photo courtesy of Lauren DeCicca.