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Julia Carlile, 15, who won the nation’s heart when she performed with her dance troupe MerseyGirls on the Britain’s Got Talent Show, revealed today that Simon Cowel approached her backstage and told her he would foot the £175,000 bill for her operation. The brave schoolgirl, from West Kirby, suffers from the painful condition scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, that has left her suffering in severe pain and discomfort, the Liverpool Echo reports.

In her first audition, Julie told judges the show was her last chance at being a dancer before needing an operation that would leave her unable to perform again. Her best hope is a procedure in the States called vertebral body tethering where screws are fixed along a cord inside her back. It takes just 6 weeks to recover compared to 6 months and is reversible if it doesn’t work.

Julia revealed for the first time today that Simon will fund the surgery. Julia said: “Simon came and spoke to us back stage. Just walking off stage and he said he was paying for it and I couldn’t believe it.

“Annie came up to me and said Simon wants to speak to us.

“He said we did a really good performance.”

Julia and her family will fly to New York on Sunday and then to New Jersey where the operation will take place.