No matter what your age is, we are all young deep down in our hearts.
This is exactly the way to describe the 91-year-old Julia Tourtellotte of Summerville, North Carolina. The grandmother and choreographer wasn’t afraid to show her youth.
“It just makes me feel good,” Tourtellotte told Journal Scene regarding one of her favorite past activity which was dancing.
Unfortunately, the joyful senior started noticing a pain in her leg back in 2018. In the beginning, she went to the hospital for shots, but when those no longer helped, Tourtellotte decided to search for better options.
This is when she found the neurosurgeon Dr. Sabino D’Agostino at Trident Medical Center. Performing a very innovative surgery on Tourtellotte’s spine, he was able to get her dancing in no time.
Dr. D’Agostino used robotic spinal surgery. According to Journal Scene, the surgery was a risk for someone of Tourtellotte’s age, but her good health ended up making her a candidate for the procedure.
“She’s pretty remarkable,” Dr. D’Agostino told Journal Scene. “When she showed up in the office I said, ‘Wow, I wish I had half of your energy.’”
It wasn’t long before Tourtellotte got back on her feet and find her rhythm again. WCSC reported that Tourtellotte even returned to the hospital a few months after the surgery so she could dance alongside her doctor in celebration.
“She does not let her age slow her down at all,” Dr. D’Agostino told WCSC. “She wants to live life. She was not going to take a backseat to her pain and she wanted help.”
“I think I did marginal at best,” D’Agostino said. “That was the most dancing I’ve done since my wedding!”
“I think he did good!” Tourtellotte said of her doctor’s dancing. “We had fun! He said his little girls will love seeing him dance. He’s an awesome doctor.”
She is such an amazing woman, right?
Journal Scene reported that it only took 24 hours for the joyful dancer to be free of pain. The doctor said it was taking the pressure off the pinched nerve that caused the pain.
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