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Britain's Got Talent dancer recovering from op funded by Simon Cowell

Britain's Got Talent dancer Julia Carlile has undergone surgery in America after Simon Cowell paid for her treatment.

The music mogul funded the £175,000 procedure after the teenager told the BGT judge about her battle with scoliosis.

Appearing in the 2017 series of the popular talent show, Julia explained how an operation to tackle her severe back pain on the NHS would likely result in her not being able to dance again.

After performing in the final as part of the Mersey Girls dance troupe, Simon told the contestant he would pay for her private treatment in America.

The operation in the US takes just six weeks to recover from as opposed to six months, and there is a greater chance Julia will be able to dance again once she is back on her feet.

On Tuesday, the Mersey Girls Twitter account posted a picture of Julia recovering on her hospital bed, with the caption: "Julia has done it! First op done, we are so proud of her and missing her so much want to give her a MASSIVE HUG, our girl is a fighter."

Julia's mum Kate previously told the Liverpool Echo newspaper: "We are in a very privileged position because of Simon.

"We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for girls and Simon and everyone who has supported them. The wave of support has been unbelievable."

Julia sent Simon a T-shirt which read, "I paid for Julia Carlile's Scoliosis treatment", and a letter thanking him for his gesture.

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