(CBS4) – An 11-year-old gymnast from Littleton is already standing straighter just two days after having experimental surgery to correct her twisted spine. Sophia Clem is the first person with scoliosis to undergo vertebral body tethering (VBT) in Colorado.
CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh watched Sophia stand and take baby steps in her room at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. It wasn’t easy for her to get around, but Sophia is focused on the future.
“I’ll have less pain in my back. I feel that I will be able to run more easily,” she said.