Eagle-eyed parents spot symptom on son in bath prompting life-changing diagnosis

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A lucky boy was able to get treated for a debilitating disorder early after his parents noticed warning signs whilst he was in the bath.

William Nesbit's parents noticed a curve in his spine and contacted doctors at Alder Hey Children's Hospital straight away..

It was there where doctors confirmed William's diagnosis of scoliosis. The disorder twists and curves the spine to the side and is rarely spotted at such a young age, the Liverpool ECHO reports.

The condition is usually diagnosed in children aged between 10 and 15, however due to his eagle-eyed parents William was able to undergo treatment from an early age.

The youngster was given a Boston brace to wear, a type of plastic body jacket which helped to stop the progression of the curve in his spine, until he was 13.

And at 16 William was able to undergo life changing surgery to correct his curved spine.

Speaking about his diagnosis, William's dad Will Nesbit, told the ECHO: "We noticed he had a curve when he was about five when he was in the bath.

"We got it checked out and they sent us to Alder Hey and it was quite early to detect it because it's not normally picked up until they're teenagers and they have a growth spurt.

"They just said there's not much we could do whilst he was little so he had to wear a Boston brace for what should have been everyday, but he just wore it at night time so it didn't affect his day-to-day life in school, until he could have the operation."

Will was scared his son might be bullied for wearing the brace, however found he took it in his stride and learnt to embrace it.

He said: "It was a long time just wearing a brace every night but we didn't want it to impact his life too much and in agreement with the surgeon he just wore it of a night time.

"When you're at infants and juniors it can be quite tough if you have something wrong with you, so the surgeon said 'if you wear it [the brace] at night time and we monitor it every year with an x-ray and measure the angles, and it doesn't get any worse, it's doing its job.'

"Fortunately it didn't. It just continued growing at the same rate, in the wrong direction sadly.

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"But it wasn't getting any worse for it to be a concern. He was allowed to have normal day-to-day life and whack his brace on at bed time until he was at the age where he was allowed to be operated on."

In an extra attempt to help William with his back brace his dad also enlisted the help of the Everton team.

Will added: "I emailed Everton asking if we could just have some stickers to put on his brace to normalise it a bit because it's a big chunky white thing that goes across his body.

"The next morning Darren [Griffiths] rang me and he said 'it's towards the end of the season but as soon as they come back for preseason you can come to Finch Farm.

"That's when [David] Moyesy was there with the likes of [Tim] Cahill and [Mikel] Arteta.

"He was only little and then they kept in touch throughout. When he had his operation they sent him a signed shirt.

"We had a meet and greet as well, I think [Ronald] Koeman was manager, it was eight years later, we got to watch a game and he got his photo with the players and all that."

William's operation, which involved surgeons attaching titanium rods to his spine, was a success and he now lives a normal life following the corrective surgery.

His dad added: "When he was diagnosed it really upset him but he's fine now, he can't play rugby or go wrestling but he's normal and can do normal things.

"He plays footy, goes out on his bike, he's just left high school now and he's going to go to college to train to be an electrician."

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