By Eimhear McGurk
SIX weeks after receiving vital spinal surgery, Rhianna Elliott returned to Turkey for her post-operation check-up and has since been given the all clear.
The Clady teenager made her way to Turkey last week to review the progress of her corrective spinal surgery which according to her mum Fiona, has “worked a miracle on her”.
The Elliott family met with Rhianna’s surgeon Dr Alanay and he was so “delighted” with the results that he won’t need to see her again for another six months.
Rhianna’s condition, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis is a disorder whereby the spine matures abnormally, and curves excessively in one direction.
In the teenager’s case, this curving could have damaged organs by putting excessive pressure on them.
Her rib cage was also pressing on her lungs which caused shortness of breath and if her spine had continued to grow unchecked, Rhianna’s other organs may be affected.
Mum Fiona is “over the moon” with the huge improvements in her daughter’s health and is now excited for Rhianna to get back to being a normal teenager again.
“Rhianna is feeling great, no problems at all. Dr Alanay has given her the OK to go down waterslides and get back to normal activity which is great news,” said Fiona.
“The difference in the before and after x-ray pictures are amazing. The surgeon was very happy with everything and the scars are very well healed already.”