Robotic pediatric spinal surgery is a first in West Virginia
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University surgeon has performed the state's first robotic pediatric spinal surgery.
WVU Medicine said in a news release Wednesday that Dr. John Lubicky used a robotic surgical guidance system to perform the procedure to treat a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue and severe scoliosis.
Lubicky is chief of pediatric orthopedics at WVU Medicine Children's.
Alexa Kovaly has the closest thing to a symbiotic relationship with hockey.
She grew up going to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins games with her family and has been on the ice since she was about 5 years old. Now 17, she wants to study athletic training in college so she can make a career out of it.
In her own words, she “eats, sleeps and breathes” it.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Meredith Mozingo has a lot of pain every day.
It's from a condition called scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, that also increases the pressure on her lungs, making it harder to breathe.
Doctors want to perform surgery to help. But the risk of injury is higher with scoliosis as severe as hers is.
Candice, a single mother, is trying to give her four children a special Christmas but she said it has been difficult this year.
She suffers from lupus arthritis and scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of her spine.
She receives Social Security benefits for her disabilities.
Miss South Carolina runner-up credits Shriners for healing
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — After surgery to correct her scoliosis, Sydney Sill wasn't sure what she'd be able to do.
Titanium rods fused her spine and doctors told her not to participate in any physical activity for a year, which was tough for such an active pre-teen.
"That was hard," she told The Greenville News. "I was 12 and I wanted to be a cheerleader in middle school, but I couldn't."
North Augusta teen raising awareness of scoliosis featured in state photo exhibit
A photography exhibit featured this month in Columbia shows that having a disability doesn't have to stop a person from leading a full life.
The Look! Forward photography exhibit is hosted by the Family Connection of South Carolina.
About the exhibit
Fifty people were chosen for this year's exhibit, including 17-year-old Elisabeth Harkins from North Augusta.
Harkins lives with scoliosis, a condition where the spine curves sideways.