A teenager is just £7,000 off reaching her goal to have spinal surgery on her scoliosis so hopefully she will have a pain-free future.

Imogen Bridge, 14, of Pendle Avenue, Bacup, is now booked to fly out with mum Melly in November to Istanbul for the operation which will take place in Turkey under leading surgeon Dr Ahmet Alanay.

Midge, as Imogen is known, has scoliosis and although she has been wearing specialist back braces her corkscrew spine has a 44-degree curve.

The operation – a double vertebral body tethering (VBT) - will see a flexible cord screwed to each vertebrae to bring them into alignment.

Melly has been leading a fundraising campaign to raise £45,000 to pay for her daughter’s operation, which is currently not available on the NHS, and had single-handedly raised £8,000.

That was when Granada Reports featured the story.

It was broadcast four times during the day, with a full interview with Melly and Midge in the 6pm broadcast.

Melly said: “We have now raised more than £38,000; that is £30,000 in just one week since it was on the TV.

“I am amazed and can’t believe it.

“There is no way a family like us could have been able to raise that amount of money in the time and I am so grateful.”

As more than half of the money has been raised, they have been able to book the operation and now they are counting down the days to the flight.

Melly added: “This operation will give my daughter the best chance for her future and I am so grateful to everyone who has donated.”

To help the family raise the final £7,000, visit her just4children.org page.

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