17/07/2017 11:45 BST | Updated 17/07/2017 15:50 BST

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Finalist Julia Thanks Simon Cowell As He Pays For Life-Changing £175,000 Surgery

'I’m beyond happy and it means we can carry on dancing together for the rest of our lives.'

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalist Julia Carlile, who is part of dance troupe Just Us, has thanked Simon Cowell for funding her life-changing £175,000 surgery.

The 15-year-old and her friends auditioned for the current series with the hope of winning and using the prize money to pay for an operation, but following their defeat, Simon stepped in to help.

Julia on 'BGT' 

Julia suffers from scoliosis and will travel to the US for a vertebral body tethering op, which will see surgeons fix screws into her back.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo after her final performance before the surgery, she explained Simon first approached her while they were filming this year’s ‘BGT’.

She said: “Simon came and spoke to us backstage. Just walking off stage and he said he was paying for it and I couldn’t believe it.

″[Fellow dancer] Annie came up to me and said Simon wants to speak to us. He said we did a really good performance.

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Simon Cowell

“I’m beyond happy and it means we can carry on dancing together for the rest of our lives.

“He didn’t have to do it and he has changed my life. There are no word to thank him for how grateful we are. It’s just unbelievable.”

Just Us were Alesha Dixon’s Golden Buzzer act and speaking the morning after their first audition aired, Julia opened up about her condition.

She said: “I’ve had to wear a back brace since I was nine. I have this constant ache at the back of my spine. It kind of crushes your organs, too.

“If I do a certain move I might feel sharp pain, but dancing takes my mind off that. I used to always cover my back as I’ve got a hump, but the girls have helped me show everyone who I really am.”

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