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Naomie Harris ‘had to learn how to walk again’ after scoliosis operation

The actress was diagnosed with a curvature of the spine when she was a child.

Naomie Harris (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Naomie Harris (Isabel Infantes/PA)

By Julia Hunt, PA Entertainment Correspondent

Naomie Harris has told how she had scoliosis as a child and had to learn how to walk again after surgery on her spine.

The James Bond actress, 43, was diagnosed with the condition – which is a curvature of the spine – when she was around 11.

She told Shape magazine: “The progression of the disease became severe in my teens, and I needed an operation.

“Doctors inserted a metal rod down my spine.

“I spent a month in the hospital recovering and had to learn how to walk again.”

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“It was really traumatic,” added the star.

Harris, who is known for playing Eve Moneypenny in the 007 films, continued: “I saw kids in the hospital with scoliosis so advanced that they would never be able to stand properly.

“I felt really lucky.

“Since then, I have always appreciated the gift of a healthy body.”

The actress also told how she meditates to cope with stress, saying it has “changed my life”.

“I do it twice a day for 20 minutes,” she said.

“It forces me to stop whatever I’m doing and take a break. That’s crucial because I have to have a goal.

“It keeps me expanding and growing and learning, and it forces me out of my comfort zone to develop new skills.”

Harris is on the cover of the magazine’s October issue.

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