Walking tall, the girl who grew 4in after surgery to cure curved spine

Walking tall, the girl who grew 4in after surgery to cure curved spineLaura's brother first noticed there was a problem with her back during a family holiday in April 2008 When Laura Fitzwalter’s brother noticed one of her shoulder blades was more pronounced than the other, her parents were concerned but not worried. After all, the then 13-year-old seemed to be in perfect health and had never complained of any pain. But the schoolgirl and her family were left stunned after an X-ray revealed that she was suffering from one of the worst cases of curvature of the spine – scoliosis – doctors had ever seen

Joanne O"Riordan, who was born with no arms or legs… but with the heart of a lion

She beat the Budget: The extraordinary, awe-inspiring and humbling story of Joanne O”Riordan, who was born with no arms or legs… but with the heart of a lion Like most teenagers Joanne O”Riordan loves playing music, going to football matches and texting her friends on her mobile. But the difference between this teenager and others is that Joanne this week single-handedly forced the Government to tear up its Budget plans to cut disability allowance for young people

Rickets: No one told me children should take vitamin D pills – then my son got the disease

No one told me children should take vitamin D pills – then my son got rickets Four-year-old Toby Ault cried out in pain as his mother Kathryn gently lifted him up to tuck him into bed. ‘He said it was his legs and they were really hurting him again,’ says Kathryn, 27. ‘It was the third or fourth time in the space of a few weeks.