Emma Rae Fornes is a bright, vibrant 12 year old who just started 7th grade. Many years ago Emma was diagnosis with juvenile scoliosis. Juvenile scoliosis, unlike more typical cases of scoliosis, is when significant curative of spine occurs well before puberty. Emma's case eventually led to her first corrective surgery at the age of 10, approximately two and half years ago. This involved installing two, curved titanium rods along the lower 2/3 of her spine.
Unfortunately, her scoliosis became more aggressive last year especially within the last few months which coincides with a big pubescent growth spurt. The result was significant curvature above her existing rods.
To correct this issue, Dr. Lloyd Hey replaced the existing rods with longer ones that go farther up her spine into the upper thoracic region. This happened on the afternoon of Monday, August 29th (Day 1).
Based on Emma's prior surgery, we expect to a quick and full recovery. If all goes as planned, Emma should be back in school within 2 weeks, dancing again at that same time, and (lightly) participating in soccer in approximately 3 weeks! Moreover, we expect Emma's super happy, funny, loving, determined personality to return even sooner!
This CaringBridge website will help Emma's family and friends to learn more about the surgery, follow her progress, and, more importantly, send her a few words of encouragement. Thanks in advance for all of your thoughts and prayers!