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Girl Who Spent 13 Years With Head Stuck At 90 Degrees Gets Life-changing Surgery

Afsheen Gul, a teenager from Pakistan, has been able to hold her head up for the first time in 13 years, thanks to a revolutionary surgery.

When she was only 8 months old, she tumbled while playing outside, and the fall resulted in her neck being painfully bent at a 90-degree angle. This caused her immense discomfort throughout the years until the surgery finally granted her relief.

Thanks to a successful fundraising campaign on GoFundMe, Afsheen's parents were able to afford a £26,000 life-changing operation at the Apollo Hospital in New Delhi.

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Afsheen was born healthy, however, the slip as a toddler caused her to suffer from a twisted neck and cerebral palsy.

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Desperate for treatment, yet short on funds, Afsheen's parents tried a faith healer, yet to no avail. Luckily, a newspaper story about her condition gained attention and a GoFundMe page was set up to help pay for the necessary surgery.

Afsheen's parents were warned that the surgery only had a 50% chance of success.

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Rajagopalan Krishnan, who had 15 years of experience with the NHS before returning to India, expressed his concern with the surgery, saying:

"Her brother Yaqoob got in touch with me after seeing a documentary I had done where I had successfully operated on a boy with a similar condition."

"I was certain I could improve her quality of life but I had to see her first. If we left it any longer the chances of her recovering from any surgery were slim."

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Afsheen's surgery was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, the operation finally occurred last week.

While her head is still supported by a HALO cradle, she is now able to straighten her neck for the first time since the accident.

After the surgery, Afsheen wrote on Instagram: "Thank you Dr. Rajagopalan Krishnan for giving me a new life."