William Nesbit suffered from scoliosis, a condition that causes the spine to twist and curl to the side, but was able to start treatment at a young age thanks to his parents’ quick response.
They noticed his back did not appear straight when William, now a teenager, was getting a wash and immediately contacted Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, reports the Liverpool Echo.
This meant that the youngster was able to get an early diagnosis of the disease, which is normally only detected when a child is between 10 and 15 years old, and start treatment immediately.
The youngster was given a Boston brace to wear, a kind of plastic jacket that helped stop the progression of his spine curve, until he was 13.
And at 16, William was able to undergo life-changing surgery to correct his deformed spine.
“We noticed he had a curve when he was about five years old when he was in the tub,” his dad Will said.
“We had it checked out and they sent us to Alder Hey and it was early enough to detect it because it doesn’t normally get detected until they are teenagers and have a growth spurt.
“They just said there wasn’t much we could do while he was little, so he had to wear a Boston corset for what should have been everyday, but he was just wearing it.” at night therefore it did not affect his daily life. daily life at school, until he could have the operation. “
Will was afraid his son would be bullied into wearing the corset, but he found out he had taken it in stride and learned to kiss it.
“It took a long time to wear a corset every night, but we didn’t want it to have too much of an impact on his life and in agreement with the surgeon, he only wore it at night,” he recalls. .
“When you are in infants and juniors it can be quite difficult if you have something wrong, so the surgeon said:” if you are wearing it [the brace] at night and we monitor him every year with an x-ray and measure the angles, and it doesn’t get worse, he does his job.
“Unfortunately, it continued to grow at the same rate, unfortunately in the wrong direction.
“But it didn’t get worse for it to be a concern. He was allowed to have a normal daily life and put on his corset at bedtime until he was of the age he was cleared for surgery. “
In a further attempt to help William with his back corset, his father enlisted the help of the Everton football team as well.
“I emailed Everton asking if we could just have some stickers to put on his corset to normalize it a bit because it’s a big white thing running through his body,” he said. he declares.
“The next morning Darren [Griffiths] called me up and he said ‘it’s towards the end of the season but as soon as they come back for the preseason you can come to Finch Farm.
“When is it [David] Moyesy was there with people like [Tim] Cahill and [Mikel] Arteta.
“William was only little and they stayed in touch throughout. When he was operated on, they sent him an autographed shirt.
“We also had a meeting, I think [Ronald] Koeman was a manager, it was eight years later, we got to watch a game and he got his picture with the players and all that. “
William’s operation, which involved surgeons attaching titanium rods to his spine, was successful and he is now leading a normal life after corrective surgery.
His father added: “When he was diagnosed it really upset him but he’s fine now, he can’t play rugby or wrestle but he’s normal and can do normal things.
“He plays soccer, gets out on his bike, he’s just left high school now and he’s going to go to college to train to become an electrician. “