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Last summer we were contacted by Stella, a mother in Uganda who was concerned about her ten-year-old daughter, Treasure. Treasure had recently been diagnosed with a type of severe scoliosis called kyphoscoliosis.   Just about a year before reaching out to us, Stella noticed that one of Treasure’s shoulders was much lower than the other. She attributed it to the heavy books that Treasure carried in a shoulder bag for school and didn’t think much about it. A few months later, she noticed that Treasure had a bulge at the top of her back and was unable to straighten her back at all. She rushed her to the doctor, who attempted to use bracing to slow the curvature. Unfortunately, Treasure’s spine continued to curve rapidly, putting her internal organs and heart function at great risk. 

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