By the time Lily was just a year old, her mother, Jamie, suspected that she had scoliosis. Whenever Lily sat up, her rib stuck out. Jamie herself had been diagnosed with scoliosis, which is a sideways curvature of the spine, as a preteen, so she knew that this was a telltale sign of the condition.
Jamie mentioned her concern to Lily’s pediatrician at their routine well-baby appointments. After observing Lily over several months, the doctor called for an X-ray and an MRI and made the diagnosis official, confirming what Jamie had long suspected.
Once Lily was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 2, she was referred to a specialist in Savannah for casting. The corrective casts she had to wear went around her midsection, from her armpits to her hips, and had to be replaced every few months.
“Since the first one she got, she acts like it doesn’t even exist,” Jamie says of Lily’s casts. “She still jumps on the trampoline, she still goes and plays.”
After going through half a dozen casts, the local specialist wasn’t seeing the results he hoped for. He referred Lily to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Nicholas Fletcher, M.D., for further treatment.
It’s a long commute from Savannah, but Jamie and her husband Justin have been pleased with the care Lily has received since they changed doctors and began coming to Children’s.