Princess Eugenie has found a special way to thank the doctor who changed her life

By Jessica Pollack

Princess Eugenie had made no secret of her struggle with scoliosis, and she's found one extra-special way to thank the doctor who performed the life-changing surgery that corrected her spine – with a royal wedding invite! NHS surgeon Jan Lehovsky will watch his patient say "I do" to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor on Oct. 12, along with his team, according to the mother of the bride. Sarah revealed that the decision was a no-brainer "in honour of the fact that [Eugenie] is walking up that aisle with a straight back because of them."

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"She did have what would have been very serious curvature of the spine," the Duchess of York told the Evening Standard. "The wedding is about love, future and inclusivity... What a huge, huge day for health, for the NHS, for the RNOH, and for hope. This is why this wedding is so beautiful – it's hope for other children suffering from scoliosis."

On International Scoliosis Awareness Day this year, Princess Eugenie shared X-rays of her back showing the rods and pins holding her spine in its proper position. "Today is International Scoliosis Awareness Day and I'm very proud to share my X Rays for the very first time," she revealed in the caption back in June. "I also want to honour the incredible staff at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who work tirelessly to save lives and make people better. They made me better and I am delighted to be their patron of the Redevelopment Appeal."

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The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, or RNOH as it's known, is where the 28-year-old had her life-changing surgery at age 12. After the eight-hour procedure, she spent three days in intensive care and a week recovering in the hospital ward followed by another week in a wheelchair. She now stands straight and walks comfortably, and has shown her appreciation by becoming patron of the hospital. "I'm living proof of the ways in which the hospital can change people's lives," she has said.

On her road to recovery, another person was always there for the young princess: her older sister and maid of honour, Princess Beatrice. "You encouraged me not to get disheartened. Not to give up. To live fearlessly." she told the crowd at a WE Day UK event of her sister. "Today, I am so lucky to get to work with and support other young women who are going through the same thing. To encourage them to not let their diagnosis win. To live fearlessly too."

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