Jade, 14, was born with scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, which is most common in girls and affects 3% of the population. The large sideways curve in her back is gradually getting worse, crushing her internal organs and making it difficult to breathe. Jade is to undergo a four hour operation to straighten her back and help with her breathing. Mr Ian Harding, consultant surgeon, analyses her 33 vertebrae to see which ones to correct. Screws are put in place and joined up by titanium rods, and state of the art equipment measures the nerves impulses in her head and toes, to make sure nothing is happening to her spinal cord. The operation is a complete success, and Jade has barely a scar to show.
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