£11,635raised of £130,000 target by 206 supporters

Weʼre raising £130,000 to get Life changing Spine surgery for Semi

Kent, United Kingdom
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My name is Semi (pronounced Shay-mii) and turn 15 next week. (☺)!! I was diagnosed with Scoliosis 2 years ago. This means that my spine is S-shaped and has resulted in a hump on my lower left side. I have back pain and my body is angled to the left.

Unfortunately my condition worsened, so much so that last June the doctors recommended surgery to be done as soon as possible. Scoliosis causes severe back pain, reduced lung function & breathing difficulty and body disfigurement.

I was devastated. I’m an avid dancer (contemporary, modern & hip hop) and recommended option was a Posterior spinal fusion – the only option offered in the UK. It involves the fusion of vertebra and use of metal rods. It has the shortcoming of permanently limiting spine flexibility – more so as I am unlucky to have double curvatures.

I am currently eligible for a proven surgical method in the US that can help me recover fully from this painful condition. It is called Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT). This fusionless option helps my spine align back to normal, easing the pain & the stress on my internal organs, and allows full flexibility & quicker recovery. As VBT is offered to skeletally immature patients, it is crucial that I get the surgery done as soon as possible.

I want to live as normal of a life as I can. I enjoy and love dancing. My parents are doing everything they can for me, but unfortunately, the cost of this surgery ($155,000 or £130,000) is one they cannot afford.

I’d be eternally grateful if you could donate and help me get the VBT surgery so I can have a straight yet flexible spine and continue to dance.

Thank you.

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  • Yetunde Pinheiro

    Yetunde Pinheiro

    12 days ago

    Yetunde Pinheiro

    Thank you so much everybody. We have reached a milestone today - we have achieved 35% of target!!! (online and offline) We still have some way to go. So please as you donate, kindly share link with others. Thank you. Yetunde & Jimmy.

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    Yetunde Pinheiro

    18 days ago

    Yetunde Pinheiro

    Just to say a big thank you to everyone that has donated so far - both online and offline. God bless you all for your kindness and generosity. Yetunde & Jimmy.

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    Yetunde Pinheiro

    22 days ago

    Yetunde Pinheiro

    Thank you all for your encouraging and kind words, and for your generosity. We are grateful. We have some way to go yet. So as as you visit this page, please send the link to others. Many thanks and God bless. Yetunde

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  • Anonymous


    Mar 27, 2017

    I give you a little token from my purse... I give you all the prayers and best wishes from the depth of my heart....Good luck brave one!


  • Seke Somolu

    Seke Somolu

    Mar 27, 2017

  • Paul B

    Paul B

    Mar 27, 2017

    Best wishes. I hope you reach your target soon!


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Yetunde Pinheiro

Yetunde Pinheiro

Kent, United Kingdom

I am Semi's mum and the past 8 mths have been incredibly difficult for her / for us, but she has done her best to be strong despite her fears and anxiety. Semi has decided to tell her story herself. Thank you for your donation. There are no words to express our gratitude.

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