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Princess Eugenie is shedding light on the life-changing scoliosis diagnosis she received at the age of 12 for a powerful reason.

In honor of International Scoliosis Day, the engaged princess opened up about her battle with the disorder and shared photos of her post-op X-rays, which show the 8-inch rods in her spine and the 1.5-inch screws in her neck she received during the eight-hour corrective surgery she underwent in 2002.

“Today is International Scoliosis Awareness Day and I’m very proud to share my X Rays for the very first time,” Eugenie wrote. “I also want to honour the incredible staff at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who work tirelessly to save lives and make people better. They made me better and I am delighted to be their patron of the Redevelopment Appeal.”

She also detailed the story of her diagnosis, surgery and recovery in a video for the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) and recalled the fear she felt leading up to her surgery.

“I can still vividly remember how nervous I felt in the days and weeks before the operation,” the princess said. “After three days in intensive care, I spent a week on a ward and six days in a wheelchair, but I was walking again after that…Without the care I received at the RNOH I wouldn’t look the way I do now; my back would be hunched over…Children can look at me now and know that the operation works.”

In the spirit of her appreciation, Eugenie is lending her name to the RNOH’s new state-of-the-art facility, the Princess Eugenie House. The new building will house families of children being treated at the hospital.

There you have it: When life gives Princes Eugenie lemons, she makes lemonade that helps others in need. Brava!

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