Princess Eugenie just opened up with some big, life-changing news on her Instagram page recently. The 28-year-old princess discussed her devastating diagnoses when she was a young child and shared her X-rays to the world.
When she was just 12 years old, she had a painful, 8-hour operation that included her doctors inserting 8-inch rods into her spine and with 1.5-inch screws at the top of her neck.
"[I was] told that I would need corrective surgery. This was, of course, a scary prospect for a 12-year-old," Eugenie said in a statement to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).
“Today is International Scoliosis Awareness Day and I’m very proud to share my X Rays for the very first time,” she wrote in the caption. “I also want to honour the incredible staff at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who work tirelessly to save lives and make people better. They made me better and I am delighted to be their patron of the Redevelopment Appeal.”
Eugenie has been a supporter of the Redevelopment Appeal since 2012. The Redevelopment Appeal is a fundraising operation for newer facilities and equipment for RNOH. While being so involved, she shared more details about what she encountered leading up to the operation.
“I can still vividly remember how nervous I felt in the days and weeks before the operation … After three days in intensive care, I spent a week on a ward and six days in a wheelchair, but I was walking again after that," she revealed.
“Without the care I received at the RNOH I wouldn’t look the way I do now; my back would be hunched over,” Eugenie added. “And I wouldn’t be able to talk about scoliosis the way I now do and help other children who come to me with the same problem. My back problems were a huge part of my life, as they would be for any 12-year-old. Children can look at me now and know that the operation works.”
Princess Eugenie is very inspired to help the next generation of children who might be suffering from scoliosis. Her big heart has made a huge impact already. Her biggest contribution is the Princess Eugenie House where parents and other relatives of children who are being treated can stay and rest.
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