Pioneering surgery in Sheffield

A 17-year-old girl from Grimsby has become the youngest person in the UK to have a pioneering treatment which should add 6cms to one of her legs using magnets hidden in the bone.

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Sophie: This operation will help me 'beat the pain'

I was worried and excited because I knew I was the youngest person to have this surgery. But I had a lot of confidence in the surgeon. I’m just looking forward now to getting on with my life. The doctors decided it was better for me to have this operation because I'm hoping to be a spinal surgeon so I'll spend the majority of my time standing up. If they lengthen my leg it will mean the pain should subside everywhere else.

I did want to be a dance teacher but then I got really interested in orthopaedic surgery and now i'd like to be a surgeon. I think it's important there's someone understanding what patients are trying to say.

We’ve been to conferences and met a few people who know about my condition but no one has seen anything like it. The doctors in Sheffield have been fantastic and I’m really glad they recommended me for this operation so I can beat the pain.”

– Sophie Lewis

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