Princess Eugenie’s health: The actress opens up about a problem that could have hampered her delivery.
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York had a daughter, Princess Eugenie. The member of the Royal Family speaks out about a severe disease she’s had from childhood and how it impacted her childbirth.
Princess Beatrice Eugenie, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter, explained how she had to endure a life-changing treatment to correct a chronic ailment. Beatrice was diagnosed with scoliosis, a spinal ailment, when she was 12 years old. She had the operation when she was young to deal with her misalignment.
“Eight-inch titanium rods were placed into either side of my spine, and 1.5-half-inch screws were inserted at the top of my neck,” says the patient.
Princess Eugenie wrote in an essay published earlier this year on the website of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH).
“I spent a week on a ward and six days in a wheelchair following three days in intensive care, but I was walking again after that,” she added.
Scoliosis is a disorder in which the spine twists and curves to one side.
It is known to affect people of all ages, but it is most common in youngsters aged ten to fifteen.
Scoliosis can be improved with treatment, but it isn’t always a sign of something serious, and treatment isn’t always necessary if the problem is moderate.
According to Spine Health, most cases of scoliosis have no recognized cause, which is known as idiopathic scoliosis.
“While the reason is uncertain, idiopathic scoliosis does seem to run in families,” the website stated.
“Not all of the genes involved have been found, and there could be other factors at play as well.
“Some people believe that wearing large backpacks or sleeping on one’s side can promote scoliosis, but this is not true.
“Idiopathic scoliosis is believed to affect about 3% of the population.”
Scoliosis surgery entails a series of small incisions down the length of the back.
A tubular retractor is subsequently inserted, allowing the surgeon to securely reach the spine.
Rods and screws are then inserted to the spine to help straighten it out and rectify the misalignment.
Eugenie’s spinal rods may have hampered her delivery, but happily they did not, and she delivered safely.
Scoliosis symptoms include: