We’re raising funds for Just4Children to continue Max’s life-saving treatment in America because the UK alternative is unthinkable!
Max is aged 9 from Wilmslow in Cheshire. His scoliosis requires surgery before his curve impacts his internal organs and becomes life threatening. It means inserting metal rods along the length of his spine. It’s nasty, invasive surgery leaving a scar the full length of his back. He will require repeated surgeries every 3 to 6 months to lengthen the rods through his growth spurt from age 8 until 12 and beyond. Ultimately he’ll likely require his spine fused solid and be left with life-long disability and pain management.
There’s no cure or management in the UK – just observation until surgery is required. There are routes to a better outcome; dedicated, multi-disciplinary scoliosis centres addressing physical, neurological and genetic influences. Private x-rays taken show that Max has a flexible spine capable of curve reduction of around 50%. With that knowledge, irreversible surgery with life-long problems is simply not an option.