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A young woman from Northumberland, who has to lie down flat all the time, has flown to Spain for life-saving surgery.
Melanie Hartshorn, who is 27, needs an operation which will fuse the base of her skull to her spine, to prevent her from suffering fatal brain damage.
A neurosurgeon in Barcelona has agreed to take on Melanie's case at a cost of £80,000.
Melanie suffers from a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
It means her joints dislocate and can't hold her body together. As a result, she is completely bed-bound as the risk of irreversible damage from even minor movements is very high.
The surgery is a risky procedure that will involve fusing the base of Mel's skull to her spine, to prevent irreversible fatal brain damage.