STRAIGHT TALK­ING

Ori­ana Situ chivers, 19, from Pad­dock Wood, needs an op, but time is run­ning out…

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No­body likes get­ting changed for PE as a teen. But for me, it was hell. Be­cause I knew the other girls would stare at the bulky brace around my torso.

I had to wear it to stop my spine from curv­ing any more than it al­ready had.

At seven-years-old, I’d been di­ag­nosed with sco­l­io­sis, an ab­nor­mal cur­va­ture of the spine.

‘She has two 60-de­gree curves,’ doc­tors had ex­plained to my par­ents Mila, 44, and Jonathan, 46.

The only treat­ment avail­able was spinal-fu­sion surgery, us­ing screws and me­tal rods to fuse the spine into one bone.

But this could re­strict my up­per body move­ment and growth, and there was also a risk of paral­y­sis.

So my par­ents de­cided to let me choose what I wanted to do when I was older. I had to keep my brace on

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