That’s something to cheer about.
13-year-old Aimee Gooda, a competitive cheerleader from Gravesend, Kentucky, was diagnosed with severe scoliosis in October 2015.
The 61.4-degree curve had twisted her spine into an “S” shape — and doctors warned that without an operation, her spine could crumble at any moment.
“Aimee was devastated, she had just been chosen to compete at the world championships,” Aimee’s mom Sarah, told Caters News. “She had to have the operation before the competition.”
But the six-hour operation was successful, and Aimee was walking after two days.
Two titanium rods and 22 screws were implanted in her spine to fuse it straight, and she’ll have to wear a back brace for three months.
“It may take a year for her to perform again,” her mom said. “But I have never known anyone so determined to do something.”
Though Aimee won’t be able to tumble any more since, “she no longer has any shock absorbers in her back,” the teen is eager to get back to competition.
“I can’t wait to start back at cheer,” Aimee said. “I was terrified that I wouldn’t be able to perform again.”