Patients with scoliosis are treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children all the time, but TSRHC patient Emily’s case is different. Her scoliosis was already extreme at a very young age, forcing her to make TSRHC like a second home. She became well known around the hospital for her happy spirit and you may remember seeing our very popular first video of her! Now eight years later– we catch up with her to see how she’s doing.
Since her final scoliosis surgery fused permanent rods to her spine, Emily hasn’t had any problems with her scoliosis. She continues to return to the hospital occasionally for checkups, but her doctor, Dr. Rathjen, has cleared her to participate in some of her favorite activities including: fishing, horseback riding and golfing.
Participating in Studies
Emily returns to the hospital periodically for testing in order to help doctors researching early onset scoliosis. Currently, there is no explanation for why she was born with a 55 degree curve in her spine because no one else in her family has had scoliosis. However, the good news is that the doctors have concluded that she will not pass it down to her own kids.
Growing Up Fast
After having 33 surgeries over the course of ten years, Emily had no other choice than to grow up fast.
Watch Emily’s Story – Chapter Two, to catch up with the Midland 13-year-old and hear more about her experience at TSRHC!