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Britain's Got Talent contestant thanks Simon Cowell after successful final back operation

Simon Cowell footed the bill for Julia Carlile's $230,000 (£175,000) back operation.

Britain's Got Talent contestant Julia Carlile has thanked benefactor Simon Cowell after successfully undergoing the second part of her £175,000 back operation.

The 15-year-old won the hearts of the judges when she appeared on this year's series of the TV talent show with dance troupe MerseyGirls and revealed the show might be her last chance to dance due to needing surgery to treat her scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, which has left her in serious pain.

She underwent the first stage of the operation in America in July (17), and took to Twitter on Monday to reveal the second part of the surgery had also been a success.

"Second surgery was a success!" Julia wrote. "Now on the road to recovery. Thank you @SimonCowell @CowellOnline #strong #recovery #fighter."

Julia's recovery process is likely to take six weeks.

Simon has yet to respond to Julia's tweet, but the teenager previously revealed how the music mogul had offered to pay for the procedure backstage at the final of the ITV show, regardless of whether the troupe emerged victorious.

"Simon came and spoke to us backstage," she previously explained. "Just walking off stage and he said he was paying for it and I couldn't believe it.

"Simon offering to pay for my surgery was so overwhelming and dancing on stage with your friends is the best feeling in the world. There are no words to thank him for how grateful we are. It's just unbelievable. It does not feel real."

Julia's mum Kate previously told the Liverpool Echo newspaper that her daughter would have been unable to dance again if she had back surgery in the U.K. but in the U.S., because of the availability of a different type of operation, she has more hope of being able to perform again.

"We are in a very privileged position because of Simon," Kate said. "We want to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for the girls and Simon and everyone who has supported them. The wave of support has been unbelievable."

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