Meet Emery


Emery posing with her doctor and some dolls

Condition: Scoliosis

Nine-year-old Emery was all smiles at her recent appointment with Eric Klineberg, M.D. Diagnosed with scoliosis when she was in first grade, Emery’s pediatrician referred her to our Shriners Hospital for care.

“I noticed she couldn’t stand or sit for long periods of time,” said her mother, who shared an x-ray image taken of her daughter’s “S-shaped” spine. Emery is one of many scoliosis patients benefiting from the MAGEC system, an innovative new treatment that utilizes magnetic technology within adjustable growing rods to correct the curvature of the spine. The MAGEC system reduces the need for repetitive surgeries. The magnetic technology allows adjustments to be made as an outpatient procedure. Emery’s mother said they opted for the MAGEC rod procedure because the scoliosis could be treated with fewer surgeries.

Emery spent a week in the hospital after her surgery, and since then her mom said, “We are coming back every two months for adjustments.” In the meantime, Emery is busy with school and enjoys participating in 5k runs.

Emery chatting with her doctor