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Amelia Kicks Her Curves
Local Birmingham girl Amelia Hart is just like many 15 year old girls: she loves to play football and leads a very full and active lifestyle. However, Amelia has been diagnosed with severe idiopathic scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine.
Her condition is progressing rapidly and she now needs urgent life-changing spinal surgery to correct not one but two curves in her spine. The good news is that Amelia can have innovative surgery called Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT), which will leave her spine with flexibility and allow her to pursue an active lifestyle and follow her passion for playing football. Other more traditional methods of surgery would not provide flexibility to Amelia’s spine and would leave her spine fused, resulting in a much reduced quality of life. Amelia would be unable to play football or take part in other activities.
The huge challenge faced by Amelia’s family is to fund the operation, at a staggering cost of £82,000. Unfortunately, the operation is not funded by the NHS so it needs to be paid for via fundraising and donations. The additional challenge is a race against time: Amelia needs to have this surgery within the next month.
Amelia’s family has already raised over £20,000: a figure which Salts Healthcare’s Board of Directors was delighted to boost with a donation of £3,000. This donation will fund just one of the 12 titanium screws that will be tapped into Amelia’s spine.
If anyone would like to help support Amelia’s appeal, please visit her Just Giving page: