New Device Offers Hope to Children with Chest, Spinal Deformities

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Two-year-old Ariana Martin had a rough start to life.

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A fraternal twin, she was born without four ribs on her left side, and with several health problems, including severe scoliosis. With an under-developed chest cavity, Ariana faced severe lung disease and difficulty breathing.

"It was very stressful knowing that we would have a long and difficult road ahead of us," recalls Ariana's mother, Nicolette Pompa. "I wondered if she would be able to tie her shoes, ride a bike

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