Spondyloptosis is a rare congenital,spinal cord deformity which is caused by slip of one vertebra over another. It can be treated by using Gaines procedure , a major spine surgery. A Doctor turned Model Sujata Chaudhary defeated the deformity and changed her life !
Sujata was a patient of spondyloptosis -a rare congenital, spinal cord deformity characterized by a complete slip of one vertebra over another from birth.
The deformity remained a mystery till 2009 when she started experiencing back pain.The Yoga and medication did not help. Luckily She consulted Dr Vikas Tandon, a Delhi based spine surgeon a couple of year ago who diagnosed spondyloptosis.She was advised a surgery which not only helped her get rid of the deformity but also shaped her modeling career.
“Sujata’s spinal deformity was progressive in nature, which aggravated over the years to show severe signs of pain. At age of 22 years, she visited our center complaining of severe back pain, difficulty in walking and performing activities of daily living. In her case, over the years, her deformity caused one of the spinal vertebrae to Jump over another because of a congenital defect in her spine, putting severe pressure on the nerve roots, which was the cause of severe pain. She underwent a cumulatively 14-hour, highly delicate, three-staged surgery called Gaines Procedure, over a period of 2 days, in which the
front and the back of the spine were opened up for the surgery.” said Dr. Vikas Tandon.
Sujata’s determination won her accolades
Sujata Chaudhary,24, can inspire thousands of girls who face various types of odds in their lives.This aspiring model bounced back in life with her modeling career, setting the ramp on fire recently during a beauty pageant and fashion show ‘Mr and Miss UP Vogue Fashion Show 2017’ Sujata is a qualified dentist who despite rare spinal cord deformity broke all barriers and became a role model for the youth.
“Sujata’s story is indicative of how determination , a strong supporting framework, and exceptional medical assistance can turn around lives of people,” says Dr H S Chhabra.
Post surgery, though Sujata developed bilateral foot drop, which is a known complication of this procedure, due to weakness in nerves and was unable to walk properly. After a brief comprehensive rehabilitation, she was able to walk, gradually recovering, and she began to conduct daily activities. Back in her hometown, she continued physiotherapy, determined to become as fit as possible. Over the period of two years, she became completely fit.
From undergoing a grave spinal surgery, Sujata Chaudhary now walks with a confidence that awes the audience. Apart from continuing her medical practice, she is now preparing for the next level of her modeling career.
“My life is the embodiment of beauty with the brain, a resolve of steel,” says Dr Sujata Chaudhary.
Photos : Spinal Injuries Centre, Delhi