Read our patient testimonial from 13-year-old Katie Iszazak

"Hi my name is Katie Iszczak I'm 13 years old I  live I nottingham I remember going to the doctors with back ache which I had had for a few months and so my doctor examined me and asked me to touch my toes, and that was when she knew I had Scoliosis, and that I had to go to the hospital. It was on September 1st 2016 where I had my first appointment and had my first x-ray at that point so many emotions were running through my head it was indescribable. So after I had my x-ray I went up to go to meet the doctors to find out wether I needed surgery or not. I walked into the room at met everyone and they sat me down and showed me my x-ray and I immediately broke down into tears, I think it was the shock that got me most and I remember saying "How did I not know about this? Its awful. I am ugly" and they explained everything, and that's when they said I needed to have surgery. That was the worst feeling in my life, I burst out crying and I can't even describe it. So many more things were going through my head like, " I am going to die, I can't do this, I am not brave enough." So then they gave a brief overview of what would happen and then we left. That was the worst day of my life.

I had my surgery on the 29th November 2016 I was in the theatre for over 10 hours, I don't remember the first couple of days so I can't describe them, but when I was on the ward it was so painful at first and I do remember getting up for the first time and I felt so weird because I was so much taller.

Now at this point in time I feel so much better and I am so glad I had it done it's made so much of an impact on my life, I look back at photos and wonder how I ever did it. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped me, especially Dr Shafafy he was so good to me and he was the kindest and most thoughtful man I have ever met he changed my life for the better.I am so happy with myself now and I feel so much more confident!"

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