Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos and his wife, Ali Wentworth, revealed on social media that their 14-year-old daughter has scoliosis.
The couple both shared posts to their individual Twitter accounts on Monday morning writing that they are proud of their daughter, Elliott, for wearing her brace everyday.
‘So proud of my daughter wearing her brace every day! #LeaningUp #NationalScoliosisAwarenessMonth’, the 52-year-old actress tweeted.
Her father tweeted a similar message and wrote: ‘So proud of my daughter Elliott. Wearing brace every day. #NationalScoliosisMonth’.
In revealing the information about Elliott, the couple of 16 years posted the same photo collage of the teen standing outside wearing the brace, which usually helps the curve from worsening those who are affected.
Elliot is the couple’s oldest child, as they also have another daughter, Harper, who is 12 years old.
Many Twitter users sent the couple well wishes of support and encouraging the teen after they shared the information about her in an effort to raise awareness.
‘She’s absolutely gorgeous! Proud of her for knowing her health is most important. She’s someone for kids her age to look up to’, one Twitter user wrote.
Many Twitter users sent the couple well wishes of support and encouragement to Elliott. She is pictured above left in 2016 and right in 2010 cutting a cake as her dad holds her younger sister
Another person tweeted, ‘Rock on Elliott! Not easy, but worth it. I had one for two years in middle school. Much love! #NationalScoliosisAwarenessMonth’.
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that happens most often in teens during the growth spurt right before puberty, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The cause of most scoliosis is unknown, but it can sometimes be linked to conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.
Often times the cases of scoliosis are mild, however, some children can develop spine deformities that continue to become severe as they grow.
It seems as though the couple shared the information about Elliot in an effort to raise awareness for scoliosis. The family is pictured above in 2014 at the ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ premiere
Severe cases can become disabling, as it can reduce the amount of space within the chest making it hard for the lungs to function properly.
Doctors monitor children who have mild scoliosis cases closely with X-rays to determine if it is getting worse.
Most cases require no treatment, but some who are affected are required to wear a brace to stop the curve from worsening.
More severe cases require some to undergo surgery to keep it from worsening.
WHAT IS SCOLIOSIS?
Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty.
While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown.
Most cases of scoliosis are mild, but some children develop spine deformities that continue to get more severe as they grow.
Severe scoliosis can be disabling. An especially severe spinal curve can reduce the amount of space within the chest, making it difficult for the lungs to function properly.
Children who have mild scoliosis are monitored closely, usually with X-rays, to see if the curve is getting worse. In many cases, no treatment is necessary.
Some children will need to wear a brace to stop the curve from worsening.
Others may need surgery to keep the scoliosis from worsening and to straighten severe cases of scoliosis.