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THE HERALD FRIDAY JANUARY 13 2017


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Megan would also be unable to


continue gymnastics, a sport that she loves.


Laura has now discovered a life-changing surgery called VBT (Vertebral Body Tethering) that has been producing some amazing results. This fairly new surgery is best


performed on younger patients whilst their skeleton is immature and their curvature is less than 70 degrees. The surgery will mean that Megan


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MEGAN SADLER, a 10-year-


old girl from Pembrokeshire, is currently awaiting life-changing surgery in Philadelphia following her diagnosis with scoliosis at just six-years-old. Over the past year or so, Megan’s


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spine curvature has increased from a 50 degree curve to 62 degrees, a significant curvature for a 10-year-old that will require spine straightening surgery.


Megan is currently wearing a Boston Brace 23 hours a day. “She hates it; it’s a constant battle to get her to wear it,” said Megan’s


mum, Laura. “But we try in desperation that


it will hold her curve until she stops growing,” she continued. However, Megan’s consultants


aren’t sure that her brace will hold her curve through a growth spurt. If Megan’s curve progresses,


growth rods may have to be inserted into her spine. These rods will have to be extended every six months until she has stopped growing. When she has stopped growing,


Megan will have to have her spine fused; this will result in her losing a lot of her flexibility.


would maintain her flexibility and avoid further surgeries in the future. VBT also offers a quicker recovery time and a better quality of life. Up until recently, VBT was offered


in the UK as part of the NHS; however, it has now been cancelled. Megan’s only option now is to seek surgery abroad.


Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia is


currently offering VBT to international patients that fit the criteria. Doctors in Shriners Hospital have


looked at Megan’s x-rays and have reported that she is looking like a good candidate for the surgery. The family are currently awaiting a date for a consultation. “Providing Megan is a candidate,


it would be amazing, but we have to get her there and be able to stay in Philadelphia for possibly six weeks and then be able to return if there are any issues and for follow ups every


Always ensure that you accompany your donations towards the new CDU orWard 10 fund with a letter


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