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Children Our Everything
Children. Our Everything. is published quarterly by the CHOC Children's Foundation. It features stories about patients, donors, board members and community involvement; and news about guilds, events, Children's Miracle Network and hospital updates. It is mailed to donors who support CHOC with a gift of $50 or more.

COVER STORY :
Scoliosis surgery restores young girl's grace, agility

“I have to break your daughter’s back in order to fix it.” Kristen and Tony Petros kept turning the surgeon’s words over in their minds. Their 13-year-old daughter, Emily, had been diagnosed with scoliosis several years ago, and now what had once been a flicker of worry had turned into something much larger. Emily was going to need spinal surgery; and the procedure would be anything but simple.

It seemed like yesterday that Emily was competing in dance competitions and bringing home awards. Always an active girl, nothing stood in Emily’s way. Then, when Emily was 11, her spine began curving to the right. Her pediatrician diagnosed Emily with scoliosis, an abnormal “S-shaped” or “C-shaped” curvature of the spine, and kept an eye on the curve to see whether it would progress.

Two years later, Emily’s spine took a drastic turn to the right—a near 55 degree angle, to be exact.


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