Just two years after a seven-hour operation to fix a double scoliosis of her spine a Poulton teenager has completed a gruelling 10k run for charity.
Carla Burfitt, a former ballet dancer, first learned of the curvature in her back while dancing at Barbara Jackson’s Theatre Arts Centre.
Her teacher had to deal the devastating news to parents Simone, 43, and Tom, 44, that the now 15-year-old should visit the doctors over the “prominent” curve.
But it was this early spotting that meant Carla, of Little Poulton Lane, could undergo surgery at the “optimum” age.
Barbara Jackson’s school principal Lorraine Hill said: “It’s something a parent wouldn’t notice but in ballet class you could see it.
“She must be the third we’ve noticed but Carla’s was quite prominent.
“It’s not nice to discover something like that but to be able to help someone, you think thank goodness we found it.”
In November 2011 she underwent a seven-hour operation to insert two metal rods and eight pins in her back to straighten her spine.
Now she is setting out to raise hundreds of pounds for a charity which supported her through the “difficult” time and this weekend completed a 10k run in Manchester.
She said: “Doing the run has helped me, the build up was difficult but it feels good to raise money for others.”
Despite the huge operation she defied doctors by getting up from her hospital bed and walking that same day and the sporty teen was determined to get back to full health.
But she was still in hospital for a week after the op and had to take six weeks off school, medicated with morphine, as she recovered.
Mum Simone said: “I am so proud of Carla, she’s been incredible. Her spine would have gone far more twisted but she’s built her body back up.
“I’m immensely grateful to Barbara Jackson’s, they were fantastic and it was through them she was referred so early and was at the optimum age for surgery.”
The Kirkham Grammar School pupil set out to raise £300 for Scoliosis Association UK, but has already almost tripled that raising £834.
Carla is now gearing up for a 5k run in Manchester in July.
Ms Hill added:“We’re so proud she got sorted, is healthy again and is up and running.”
To sponsor Carla, visit: www.justgiving.com/carlaburfitt