We often hear of the medical wonders that are performed in our nation's hospitals.
Some extraordinary stories are told, such as that almost miraculous separation of conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna in Melbourne back in 2009.
These are incredible achievements, yet often managed only with medical advances in relatively recent times.
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Such surgeries, as with a whole range of medical procedures, simply were not available just a couple of generations ago.
But we hear what is done, through media reports, and easily think just about anything is possible.
Again, compared with the past, it does seem that way.
Albury teenager Danielle Sedgewick is about to experience the benefit of such advances.
But just as it is with anyone else undergoing such life-changing operations, there is a lot more to it all than the procedure itself.
The 14-year-old has been diagnosed with a condition known as Idiopathic Scoliosis, which as the name suggests is related to her spine.
It means she is off to Melbourne to have surgery that aims to rid her of the considerable pain that has plagued her back.
And, as already mentioned, it's not just about the surgery.
Leading up to the first of what will be two procedures she will have to have screws put in her skull to then connect to a medical "halo" of rigid pins and bars.
The purpose of that will be to keep her spine perfectly still during the two weeks leading up to the second surgery.
And then there is the lengthy recovery process to follow.
No doubt, for all the fortitude that Danielle will undoubtedly show, it will be a grueling experience, both for her and her family
But despite their difficult path ahead, the family is still thinking of others through raising awareness of the condition with others in the community.
We wish Danielle the very best for her hospital stay and for her return to full health in the months to follow.