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Peyton Marion: back in a straight line

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Peyton Marion: back in a straight line

X-ray of Junior Peyton Marion’s twisted spinal cord prior to scoliosis surgery.

X-ray of Junior Peyton Marion’s twisted spinal cord prior to scoliosis surgery.

Peyton Marion

X-ray of Junior Peyton Marion’s twisted spinal cord prior to scoliosis surgery.

Peyton Marion

Peyton Marion

X-ray of Junior Peyton Marion’s twisted spinal cord prior to scoliosis surgery.

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On Dec. 18, Jupiter High junior Peyton Marion received long-awaited surgery for scoliosis.

Marion was 16 when he was diagnosed with scoliosis— an abnormal curvature of the spine. Marion’s case was congenital; a spinal vertebrae failed to fully develop before he was born. As a result, Marion’s spine slowly became 46 degrees off center.

“Over summer I was bending over the kitchen counter and my mom noticed [my spine],” Marion said.

Marion was hospitalized at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami for four days and missed two school weeks for recovery. He had to take most exams early and one when he returned. His teachers were understanding of his situation and have made his transition back rather smooth.

“I just was hoping for Peyton’s safe return to class whenever he was ready to come back,” Anne Roulette, Marion’s AICE English Language teacher, said.

Marion’s family members were also keeping fingers crossed during the procedure. Marion’s sister, junior McKenzie Marion, is also a scoliosis conqueror, having been diagnosed in her early teenage years.

“My parents were very nervous for me and emotional at the hospital, but I knew I would be fine because I was in good hands,” Marion said.

To the relief of loved ones, Marion was walking within 36 hours of surgery with assistance of nurses. He was able to walk normally after one month.

“I can only lift eight pounds and can’t partake in any physical activities for six months,” Marion said.

Since the surgery, Marion cannot do his favorite hobbies: fishing, skurfing and other boating activities.

“It kind of sucks that I can’t do the things I love to do [but] my peers were supportive and encouraging to me,” Marion said.

Marion is excited to have gotten the surgery over with and to be fully recovered for summer.

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