A SCHOOLGIRL whose dreams of being a tennis player were shattered by a spinal condition has been given renewed hoped of turning pro thanks to a miracle treatment.
When Abigail Bendall started feeling tired and complained of pains last year, she did not expect to be given the news that she had a severe curve in her spine, known as scoliosis.
She was told that her curve was one of the worst they had seen and that her only option would be to have a 10-hour op to fuse the spine from top to bottom. If left untreated the condition can lead to fatal heart and lung problems.
The 13-year-old from Leigh said: “Scoliosis completely rocked my world. I have always been so passionate about keeping fit and playing sports.”
The more the Bendalls learnt, the more alarmed they became, discovering that scoliosis is a progressive condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.
In a desperate last attempt to find a miracle and resume her dream of following in British number one Laura Robson’s footsteps, Abigail and her family searched the internet for alternative treatments and discovered Scoliosis SOS clinic: The only site in the world to offer treatment following the ScolioGold method. This is the combination of non-surgical treatments including exercise. Abigail was booked onto a four-week treatment course.
The Bedford High School pupil said: “I feel like myself again, I really felt like my world had fallen apart and I didn’t know how to cope with all the emotions that were going around in my head. I just wanted to be able to run around like my friends and be a real team player.
“I felt like a liability, I would start a match and then have to give up after 10 minutes because of the pain. The exercises I learnt were not too difficult it was just about staying motivated, but for me just the thought of being normal again was enough and it helped me to push myself and get some amazing results. I cannot wait to get back to the specialists at the hospital and show them what I have achieved.
“For me, having surgery was just not an option and it really wasn’t something I ever wanted to consider, that is why I knew that I needed to find something else. I am also so excited to start wearing normal clothes again.
“I have enjoyed watching Wimbledon on the TV and dreaming that one day it could be me.”