12-year-old with scoliosis on the final stretch to recovery

(KTVI) – Last year, Fox 2 witnessed a group of St. Louis doctors and nurses performing life saving surgery in the Dominican Republic.

One of the cases required another surgery. Lisbeth Garcia, 12, traveled to St. Louis for yet another complex but crucial operation.

The last time you saw her she was taking her first steps after surgery.  Doctors with the Pediatric Orthopedic Project said Lisbeth had the most severe case of scoliosis they had seen during their mission trips to Santiago.

Even after her first corrective surgery, Lisbeth's still-growing body continued to curve. Doctors knew she'd need another surgery.  Due to the complexity and severity of Lisbeth's deformity, the Pediatric Orthopedic Project and their medical partners in the Dominican Republic decided it would be safer to perform the operation in the U.S.

Unlike her first surgery, this procedure would have multiple steps and take weeks of slow correction using a halo traction device.

Once her halo was removed and final corrective surgery was successfully completed, Lisbeth prepared for the final stretch of recovery and returned to her home in the Dominican Republic.