Young woman still dancing after spinal fusion

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 5/02/2014 12:17 am

Reno, NV (KRNV & -- A young woman is still dancing after a spinal fusion and can't imagine where she would be without a nonprofit organization that will be joining forces with a local hospital this weekend.

“I was warming up for my first solo ever and I kind of felt a snap and I immediately started crying, just so much pain and my coach was like ‘it’s okay, it’s okay, you’re just nervous,’” explains Jordy Addeo who continued to compete in a dance competition that day despite knowing something was very wrong.

Soon after Jordy learned she had three fractured vertebras in her spine and what started as back aches was now a major medical emergency.

“They found out through all of their x-rays and everything that I had a Pars defect, which is hairline fractures in your spine when you’re born and any extensive activity, so for me it was dance, I’m a dancer, can make
those fractures,” says Jordy.

After nearly two years of dancing and taking part in required school activities, Jordy found out she had been risking her ability to walk, “When I went to the doctors they said like you can’t do that, you can’t be jumping ‘cause if I was to land in the wrong way they said I don’t know, something could snap and they said it could have paralyzed me.”

Jordy says her search for answers was frustrating until she was referred to Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, a nonprofit where she eventually underwent a spinal fusion.

Three years after the surgery, Jordy can’t begin to express her appreciation to those who made it possible for her to continue to walk and dance, with no financial burden to her family.

One of those people is Bob Pohlman, the Shriners Screening Clinic Chair who says it’s about helping those in need, “I do this, because I get satisfaction out of helping children that otherwise wouldn’t be taken care of.”  

Jordy credits her doctors at Shriners Hospital for Children with her ability to dance competitively during her senior year of high school, “I think just being a part of that team was something that I could never replace.” 

Jordy even made it onto the soccer field after her surgery. Now she’s finishing up her freshman year of college at the University of Nevada where she hopes to major in journalism. 

This weekend the Shriners Hospital for Children will partner with the Sierra Surgery Hospital in Carson City to offer free orthopedic screenings to children under 18.

These screenings include scoliosis, foot, and ankle exams and are performed by local nurses and Dr. Michael Edmunds. Shriners clowns will be at the event to hand out balloons and entertain the visiting children.

The screenings are on Saturday, May 3 from 9:00am to Noon inside Sierra Surgery Hospital at 1400 Medical Parkway Drive in Carson City.

The free orthopedic screenings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please call Bob Pohlman, Shriners Screenings Clinic Chair, at (775) 781-3291.  

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