Melanie Hartshorn needs £60,000 for next spine operation

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image copyrightMelanie Hartshorn
image captionMelanie Hartshorn underwent surgery in Barcelona after well-wishers raised £100,000

A disabled woman who was able to sit up for the first time in years after undergoing surgery has said she needs a further procedure to stop her becoming paralysed

Melanie Hartshorn has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome which causes her skull to sink into her spine.

She is now attempting to raise a further £60,000 to fund a spinal operation.

image copyrightMelanie Hartshorn
image captionMelanie Hartshorn said a further £60,000 is needed for another operation

The 27-year-old from Cramlington said on Facebook: "We knew my lower spine was a mess but the reality of how bad and dangerous it is was only clear during the surgery when they witnessed it dislocating and feared I'd suffer paralysis."

She said a "full fusion" operation should stop her becoming paralysed as well as reverse some symptoms such as pain and a dislocating spine.

Ms Hartshorn said: "This will mean I can sit up in a wheelchair for long periods again and get my life back, something I can't wait for."

She said the surgery is scheduled for 21 June.

Ms Hartshorn, who made headlines when she attended her graduation from Newcastle University lying down, said: "We have had to increase our target by £60,000 but have had an enormously generous donation of £33,000- so we are already over halfway there."

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