Kay Malpeli, a 17-year-old from Liverpool, started back pain for the first time at the age of 15. Before undergoing surgery this summer, her spine had been bent at 60 degrees.
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After a friend discovered a lump on her back, a teenager was diagnosed with a painful disease.
The 17-year-old Kay Malpeli first experienced back pain when she was 15 years old. Before undergoing surgery this summer, her spine had been bent at 60 degrees.
Approximately 3 or 4 out of 1,000 children need treatment for scoliosis.
She told Liverpool Echo: “When I was 15 years old, I started to have back pain. However, I just attributed it to the soreness that everyone suffers.
“A few months later, my friend noticed a hump on my back, so my mother took me to see a general practitioner, where he explained that I might have scoliosis and referred me to Alder Hey Do an X-ray examination.
“During this appointment, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. The curve is about 27 degrees at this time.
“I found that the hump was caused by the twisting of my spine which caused my ribs to rotate.
“My consultant recommended brace treatment, so I then installed a back brace.
“Unfortunately, the brace didn’t work, and my curve continued to develop until it reached 50 degrees. This is when surgery is recommended.”
Kay underwent surgery in August and said that after years of spinal problems, the surgery made her feel “painless”.
She said: “Because of my excellent surgeons and everyone involved in the operation, the operation was a success. The aftercare was also great. All the nurses were lovely, kind and considerate, and I was well taken care of.
“I feel much better after the operation, I have almost no pain, and I look more confident in my back.”
“I cannot overemphasize my gratitude to everyone at Alder Hey. I am grateful for their incredible care. They did not do enough for me.”
Kay and her 49-year-old mother Susan Malpeli urge young people to check for obvious signs of scoliosis, including a clearly curved spine and uneven shoulders. They said: “Please pay attention to the symptoms of scoliosis. This is more common thinking than usual!”