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How Sealy’s R&D Team Helped 10-Year-Old Chelsy Jones

With so many negative news stories out there it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But occasionally we discover some truly special people with stories that will lift your spirits.

10-year-old Chelsy Jones needed an operation on her back to correct a spinal deformity.
 
But because of the shape of her chest, she couldn’t lie on a conventional operating table for an 8 to 10 hour surgery as this would put enormous pressure on her muscles.
 

 
Together, Chelsy’s orthopaedic surgeon Dr Geoffrey Askin, Senior Researcher at QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation Dr Paige Little, and Sealy Australia’s Research and Development Manager Daniel Green, developed a ground breaking solution.
 
After making a 3D scan of Chelsy’s body, Sealy’s mattress engineers were able to hand-cut each piece of foam and construct a custom-fitted design that provided support without pressure.


 
According to Dr Askin, this use of technology is a game changer and will be applicable to others needing to undergo lengthy surgery while alleviating pressure.
 
This pioneering technology used to make her specially crafted mattress is going to help provide many children a better chance at life by enabling surgery that previously would have been impossible.
 
Throughout the process Chelsy has remained the very embodiment of positivity. And, while she must wear a halo brace for the next few months, she doesn’t let it faze her one bit.
 
What keeps her going through all this with such courage? With a cheeky smile she’ll happily tell you…

 

I just think about all the presents. Who doesn’t like presents?

Watch the video here.

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