Woman who received life-changing spinal surgery looks forward to her birthday

Melanie Hartshorn is home after spending almost two months in Spain having life changing spinal surgery.

The 27-year-old from Cramlington has had her neck and upper spine fused as well as her lower spine to help with complications caused by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.

She is now facing a long recovery as she builds up her strength but says she is so excited as the prospect of being able to sit up in a wheelchair and take her niece to the park.