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Teen footballer with twisted spine facing race against time to raise money for surgery

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Teen footballer with twisted spine facing race against time to raise money for surgery

Teen footballer with twisted spine facing race against time to raise money for surgery

A teenage footballer with a severely twisted spine is facing a race against time to raise money for life-changing surgery not available on the NHS.Amelia Hart, 15, has been diagnosed with a rare double twist in her spine, caused by idiopathic scoliosis.It means her lungs are prevented from expanding, and causes her constant agony.The teenager, from Redditch, Worcs., has less than two months to raise £81,283 for innovative surgery known as Vertebral Body Tethering.It has to be done by mid November while her spine is still growing and can be manipulated into shape.Amelia is a talented footballer and has not only starred for her county but signed for Birmingham & West Midlands LFC.Amelia's parents Lisa and Carl Hart are doing everything they can to ensure their sporty daughter continues to play football and has a good quality of life.More than £10,000 has been raised in 20 days after a Go Fund Me page was set up to spread awareness about Amelia's condition.Former Aston Villa footballer Andy Gray has also thrown his support behind Amelia's campaign.Diagnosed in November 2018, the former junior Redditch United player began to rapidly develop many of the symptoms associated with her condition.One shoulder blade higher than the other, rib cage prominence, uneven hips, rotating spine, reduced area for the lungs to expand and chronic pain.Her scoliosis consists of two curves, making her spine S-shaped.In August, Amelia's consultant confirmed surgery at St George's Hospital in London is now her only option.If it goes ahead, surgeons would insert titanium screws into the vertebrae, using a flexible cord and tension to align the spine into a straighter position.It would allow for further growth and her all-important flexibility maintained.Mum Lisa said: "Amelia has an abnormal curvature of the spine and we don't have much time to correct it."We need to raise the funds urgently for private and innovative spinal surgery, known as Vertebral Body Tethering, not currently available on the NHS."If we are successful it would preserve her lungs and breathing, as well as her growth, flexibility and ensure she has a pain-free future."We have reached the stage where doing nothing is simply not an option."[The surgery] is a ground-breaking procedure and the only hospital in the country to do it."The NHS treatment - known as spinal fusion - involves titanium rods and screws being inserted into the spine, fusing vertebrae and thereby straightening it."But as fusion takes place over time, this would eventually make her spine a solid structure of bone."Sadly it would limit further growth and more importantly, would limit the flexibility and movement of her spine which is not what a young lady who is passionate about football wants to hear."Appealing for help in this way is not an easy thing for us to do, but the clock is against us and we don't know where else to turn."Birmingham City FC has also thrown its support behind Amelia's campaign.Lisa said: "She was invited to the Trillion Trophy Training Centre by her favourite players Lucy Staniforth and Jacques Maghoma."Amelia watched the women's team train and received a signed shirt from Lucy."It was a fantastic day and a dream come true for our daughter and a great chance to raise awareness for Amelia's condition - idiopathic scoliosis."

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Teen footballer with twisted spine facing race against time to raise money for surgery

A teenage footballer with a severely twisted spine is facing a race against time to raise money for life-changing surgery not available on the NHS.Amelia Hart, 15, has been diagnosed with a rare double twist in her spine, caused by idiopathic scoliosis.It means her lungs are prevented from expanding, and causes her constant agony.The teenager, from Redditch, Worcs., has less than two months to raise £81,283 for innovative surgery known as Vertebral Body Tethering.It has to be done by mid November while her spine is still growing and can be manipulated into shape.Amelia is a talented footballer and has not only starred for her county but signed for Birmingham & West Midlands LFC.Amelia's parents Lisa and Carl Hart are doing everything they can to ensure their sporty daughter continues to play football and has a good quality of life.More than £10,000 has been raised in 20 days after a Go Fund Me page was set up to spread awareness about Amelia's condition.Former Aston Villa footballer Andy Gray has also thrown his support behind Amelia's campaign.Diagnosed in November 2018, the former junior Redditch United player began to rapidly develop many of the symptoms associated with her condition.One shoulder blade higher than the other, rib cage prominence, uneven hips, rotating spine, reduced area for the lungs to expand and chronic pain.Her scoliosis consists of two curves, making her spine S-shaped.In August, Amelia's consultant confirmed surgery at St George's Hospital in London is now her only option.If it goes ahead, surgeons would insert titanium screws into the vertebrae, using a flexible cord and tension to align the spine into a straighter position.It would allow for further growth and her all-important flexibility maintained.Mum Lisa said: "Amelia has an abnormal curvature of the spine and we don't have much time to correct it."We need to raise the funds urgently for private and innovative spinal surgery, known as Vertebral Body Tethering, not currently available on the NHS."If we are successful it would preserve her lungs and breathing, as well as her growth, flexibility and ensure she has a pain-free future."We have reached the stage where doing nothing is simply not an option."[The surgery] is a ground-breaking procedure and the only hospital in the country to do it."The NHS treatment - known as spinal fusion - involves titanium rods and screws being inserted into the spine, fusing vertebrae and thereby straightening it."But as fusion takes place over time, this would eventually make her spine a solid structure of bone."Sadly it would limit further growth and more importantly, would limit the flexibility and movement of her spine which is not what a young lady who is passionate about football wants to hear."Appealing for help in this way is not an easy thing for us to do, but the clock is against us and we don't know where else to turn."Birmingham City FC has also thrown its support behind Amelia's campaign.Lisa said: "She was invited to the Trillion Trophy Training Centre by her favourite players Lucy Staniforth and Jacques Maghoma."Amelia watched the women's team train and received a signed shirt from Lucy."It was a fantastic day and a dream come true for our daughter and a great chance to raise awareness for Amelia's condition - idiopathic scoliosis."




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