Princess Eugenie describes how her spinal surgery has been a significant turning point in her life.
The Princess has told how she was not embarrassed by the scarring and said it “has always been a point of pride”. The young royal underwent back surgery to correct a spinal condition known as scoliosis. In her first interview about operation Princess Eugenie, 28, said the eight-hour operation has been a hugely positive experience. And she openly showcased her successful surgery – carried out when she was just 12-years-old – by wearing a backless gown at her wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October.
I believe scars are like memories that tell a story on your body, that remind you how strong you had to be, and that you survived to talk about it.
The stunning ceremony at St George’s Chapel saw the Princess wear a gown designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos that deliberately revealed the thick pink scar that runs down her spine.
She said: “I believe scars are like memories that tell a story on your body, that remind you how strong you had to be, and that you survived to talk about it.
“Your scars are a way of communicating, and sharing a trauma can be healing in so many ways.
“It can release that stigma you might have given to yourself and by talking about it you can show people how they can heal, too.”
When she was 12-years-old Princess Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis – a condition that causes the spine to twist and curve to one side.
Soon after the diagnosis, the Princess undertook corrective surgery at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, where she is now a patron.
The surgery saw eight-inch titanium rods inserted into each side of her spine and 1.5 inch screws in her neck.
Following the surgery she spent three days in intensive care, a week in a ward and six days in a wheelchair before she could walk again.
But instead of being embarrassed by the large scar, Princess Eugenie told The Telegraph it “has always been a point of pride”.
She said: “I don’t think I actually thought: ‘Oh, I will have a scar.’
“I was only 11-years-old when I was told I needed surgery and that bombshell left me reeling, as well as the idea that I would not be at school, or be normal like the other students.”
Princess Eugenie was initially frustrated by the operation, as she was unable to run and play, or “do the normal things I loved”.
She added: “But as I go older, I became very proud to show it to people who were going trough the same thing.
“I remember going back to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and showing a little girl who couldn’t yet sit up from her operation.
“Her eyes grew big and eventually a huge smile lite up her face when she saw I had such a big scar and was standing up tall in front of her.”
In June, Princess Eugenie shared a post of her X-rays on Instagram for International Scoliosis Awareness Day.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK