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Molly's Kids: Cherryville 16-year-old having surgery for scoliosis


Whether or not you’re a doctor, take one look at Hannah Cooke’s X-ray and you might guess her diagnosis.

“Scoliosis DOESN’T just mean ‘a curved spine’”, said Hannah’s mom, Melinda.  “It can be life-altering if not taken care of.”

This Cherryville 16-year-old is having surgery today, years after her scoliosis journey started in 2011.  At that time, Hannah was a student at John Chavis Middle School and went to get the required sports physical for her soccer team. Her doctor took one look and sent her to a specialist.  She soon had her first brace. 

Eighteen months later she was fitted for a second brace. 

“They were hot, hard and uncomfortable,” Melinda says.  “And due to a growth spurt, my daughter’s spine took an extensive curve.”

It just kept getting worse, Melinda says, so doctors have now said surgery is necessary. Hannah will have a complete Spinal Infusion which means she'll get two rods and extensive hardware in her back. The goal is to straighten her spine.

That surgery is set for later this morning.

With this type of diagnosis, it has been hard for Hannah to play volleyball and soccer, which she loves, and she hasn’t been able to really drive due to the pain.  She also can’t walk for more than 30 minutes at a time. 

Some cases of scoliosis are small curves but some cases, like Hannah, are to be taken quite seriously.  

“It has totally changed her lifestyle,” Melinda said.  “But it hasn’t changed her smile!”

Good luck with the surgery, Hannah.  Please, Melinda, let us know how it goes. Either email me and I can update this post later, or comment yourself below.  Whatever is easiest for you.  We’ll be wondering.


**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there – which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids at**

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