From UW Boundless.

After scoliosis surgery, Annie Morro is pursing her passion for performing as a member of the UW musical theater program's inaugural graduating class. 

Scoliosis affects a small percentage of Americans, many of whom experience no serious symptoms. A fraction of those people will see the curve of their spine start to flirt with 25 degrees, which is when bracing is often suggested. Recent UW alumna Annie Morro was one of them. “They used plaster and wrapped me up like a mummy, then built a brace from plastic,” she remembers.

One of four graduates of the UW musical theater program’s first-ever class, Morro started dancing when she was three years old, and dreamt of being on stage for the rest of her life. But as she continued to pour herself into her craft, her body continued to work against her.

Even with a brace, her scoliosis got worse, creeping toward a 40-degree curve that would eventually put her organs at risk. “When they decided it was time to schedule spinal correction surgery, I thought I was never going to dance again. At that point, I was taking three or four hours of classes every night,” she says. “That was my dream; that’s what I wanted to do.” Morro was told her movement would be severely limited, and it was, but the surgery — which placed two titanium rods and screws through her spine and fused six of her vertebrae — was a success. Read more