Brigitte Kaiser, who is a big fan of the TV show Cops, poses at the Tewksbury Police Department recently with Lt. Thomas Casey.  PHOTO COURTESY OF THE
Brigitte Kaiser, who is a big fan of the TV show Cops, poses at the Tewksbury Police Department recently with Lt. Thomas Casey. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TEWKSBURY POLICE

TEWKSBURY -- Tewksbury 10-year-old Brigitte Kaiser has her whole community rooting for her.

Brigitte was diagnosed with Noonan Syndrome and has undergone more than 30 surgeries since she was born. The syndrome impacts development in parts of her body and affects her heart. Most recently, Brigitte underwent open-heart surgery at Boston Children's Hospital last Friday.

"She's doing really well. She's progressed faster than they've ever expected her to," said Brigitte's mother, Shannon Kaiser. "She's one of the toughest kids I know."

Last month the Tewksbury Police Department visited Brigitte at a party to wish her well for her surgery. Earlier this month, Brigitte stopped by the police station to thank the officers for their support with cookies.

"We support her and we're all praying for her and for a speedy recovery," said Deputy Police Chief John Voto.

Brigitte's father, Bryan Kaiser, uncle and grandfather all work in law enforcement, so she has a soft spot for the profession.

Bryan is a lieutenant with the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department.

She is also a big fan of the show "Cops." Shannon Kaiser said Brigitte was thrilled to see the police station, as well as see the familiar face of Lt. Thomas Casey, whom Bryan Kaiser used to work with.

Shannon Kaiser said the community support has been incredible. Working in the field of developmental disability, Shannon Kaiser said inclusion is very important.


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"This community does not look at her like, 'Oh, the poor kid with the disabilities,'" she said. "They look at her as Brigitte."

All over social media, Tewksbury residents have been using the hashtag #ShesGotThis to show support for Brigitte's surgery. People have changed their profiles to an image with text saying "#SHESGOTTHIS" and have worn red to show their solidarity.

"The entire town completely embraced her and we feel very strongly that that's why she's done so well, because she's had so many people pulling for her," Shannon Kaiser said. "She has lots of healing and recovery, but we couldn't be in a better town and a better place to have that happen."

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