My name is Denisa and I'm 20 years old. I discovered by accident that I have scoliosis at the age of 12. I went to the GP who directed me to a specialist. The first radiography (X-Ray) showed that my spine had a curve of already 24 degrees. I went to "Marie Skłodowska Curie Children's Clinic Hospital" where I was advised to wear a corset, to do kinetotherapy, to swim and to return to another check after four months. At the next check the situation was similar and this cycle went on for three times, after which I could not be scheduled for another check for financial reasons.
During that time I also went at the Pediatric Hospital in Pitesti where I undertook physical therapy. Due to the fact that I was growing up, my corset could not fit anymore and I could not use it, which led to a deterioration of my condition.
After a period of one year in which I was unable to commute to Pitesti for financial reasons, my condition deteriorated more, and my spine reached a curve of 50 degrees. I had gone through kinetotherapy at the public town hospital, and after a while I found a private kinetotherapy cabinet in my home town, where I (daily) undertook kinetotherapy from October 2012 to May 2017. I went to Pitesti for swimming practice twice a week for 3 years as well.
I have learned at that time that a spine straightening surgery could be performed for people who have a curvature of over 40 degrees, but after listening to the opinions of Romanian medical staff, I got very anxious, mistrustful and doubtful about the surgery.
Some doctors were advising me to have the surgery, others told me that the surgery would have a lot of risks and that it was better to postpone it or not to have it at all, because it had the risk of paralysis. I was also advised to have a check abroad, where there are more modern devices and techniques, which could determine the success of the surgery.
Although I have been checked by several doctors regarding my issue, they have been unable to explain the procedure, its advantages and risks and to give me the necessary confidence, which has increased the fear of having the surgery in Romania.
My parents have made an effort in order to be able to go to Germany for a specialist checkup. The doctor from the German clinic recommended surgery as soon as possible because at this time my spine is curved at over 80 degrees.
At the same time, after the checkup abroad I felt that for the first time I can trust that everything will go well if I have the surgery.
At the moment I had to interrupt my studies due to the many breaks I have to take at several moments of the day in order to do exercises, but also following discussions with the doctors in Germany who advised that the profession I study for is not suitable for me, given my medical condition.
Lately, back pain has increased and it does not allow me to rest during the night or to stand for a long time during the day, significantly affecting my everyday life. Thus, I realized that the surgery is not only necessary, but very important for my future.
Unfortunately, this is not feasible for me because the surgery has a very high cost of £50,000, which my family cannot afford.
These are the reasons why I appeal to you in order to raise the necessary amount to carry out the surgery, which will allow me to have a normal life.