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A FOR­MER Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent fi­nal­ist has thanked Si­mon Cow­ell af­ter he funded a life-chang­ing op­er­a­tion.

Ju­lia Carlile, 15, is a mem­ber of Ale­sha Dixon’s golden buzzer act Mersey Girls, who danced their way into this year’s fi­nal of the ITV tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion.

Ju­lia has sco­l­io­sis and ex­plained at her first au­di­tion in April that without hav­ing an ex­pen­sive op­er­a­tion in the US, she would be un­able to con­tinue danc­ing.

Af­ter the dance group lost in June’s fi­nal to pi­anist Tokio Myers, head judge Cow­ell kept a prom­ise he made the teenager in the semi-fi­nal that he would pay for her op­er­a­tion.

Cow­ell ap­peared to of­fer her fi­nan­cial help when he said: “What­ever hap­pens, we’ll make sure you’re all right.”

She has since had two back op­er­a­tions ac­cord­ing to posts on her Twit­ter ac­count, where she thanked 57-year-old Cow­ell for his sup­port.

The school­girl wrote the op­er­a­tions, cost­ing £175,000, were a suc­cess adding: “Now on the road to re­cov­ery. Thankyou @Si­monCow­ell @Cow­ellOn­line #strong #re­cov­ery #fighter.”

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