Ashleigh's dream of becoming an elite gymnast seemed all but lost after suffering a back spasm during a practice session which was later diagnosed as the result of scoliosis. Within only a few months, scans showed the curvature of her spine was progressing rapidly, leaving Ashleigh far from the healthy active teenager she once was.
The initial treatment of a back brace was trialled but unfortunately did little to correct the 48 degree lumbar curve leaving her so debilitated. It was then Ashleigh and her parents were advised surgery was the only option. Metal rods were inserted and her spine then fused using bone graft generously donated by patients undergoing hip replacement surgery. Post-operatively Ashleigh has regained much of her flexibility and remains grateful to the anonymous people who made her recovery that much easier.
As a result of her experience, Ashleigh hopes to work within the health profession so as to assist others.