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20th Dec 2018
Teenager Ella Moseley, 15, has returned to play goal attack with Beechwood Netball club after a five hour operation to straighten her spine.
Ella from Runcorn was diagnosed with scoliosis, curvature of the spine, when she was 12 after her parents Mike and Sarah Moseley noticed that her shoulders blades were uneven.
Mike said: “We noticed that one of her shoulder blades stuck out more than the other one, then we followed her spine and it looked out of line.
“We took her to our local GP and when she bent over during the examination you could see that there was a curve in her spine, so we were referred to Alder Hey.”
Ella underwent x-rays and her condition was monitored for 18 months.
Mike said: “The staff didn’t want to operate straight away they needed to monitor her progress.
The x-rays showing Ella's amazing transformation
“She wasn’t in any pain initially and she was getting regular x-rays, but then she had a growth spurt and the curve changed quite dramatically to 67 degrees and staff needed to operate.
“Ahead of the operation she had quite a lot of pain in her back and neck. It had to be done as she was starting to hunch over.”
The surgery took place in March 2016, with surgeons spending a total of five hours carefully straightening Ella’s spine and inserting metal rods.
The rods held the spine in proper alignment while it healed allowing the vertebrae to fuse together into a single, straight, solid bone.
Ella stayed in hospital for a week following the surgery and once discharged wasn’t allowed to do any strenuous physical activity.
Staff continued to monitor her condition post-surgery and she was finally given the all clear to re-join the team in November.
Since then the youth team have had a couple of promotions and now compete in the U19S league.
Mike said: “People used to just live with this condition, but now there are these advanced procedures available.
“The club have been brilliant with Ella, they kept her place open and supported her all the way through the procedure.
“It’s been a really great result.”
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