Britain's Got Talent dancer thanks Simon Cowell for paying for her surgery

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Britain's Got Talent dancer Julia Carlile has thanked Simon Cowell for funding life changing surgery.

Julia is part of MerseyGirls (previously Just Us) who had hoped winning Britain's Got Talent would fund pioneering surgery.

MerseyGirls are a five piece dance troupe from The Wirral, made up of best friends Alice (17), Poppy (14), Julia (15), Annie (17) and Rebecca (16).

Speaking to panel before their first audition on the show back in the spring, Julia revealed she has Scoliosis which would leave her unable to dance.

"This is my last chance and I've always wanted to do it," she said.

MerseyGirls went on to perform to Rachel Platten's Fight Song in their audition and won Alesha Dixon's golden buzzer.

While they didn't win the show, Simon said he'll fund a life changing op for Julia that will hopefully allow her to keep dancing.

The teenager flew out to the US last month for the op, thought to cost around £175,000.

And taking to Twitter this week, Julia tweeted from her hospital bed: "Second surgery was a success!"

She added: "Now on the road to recovery. Thank you @SimonCowell @CowellOnline #strong #recovery #fighter."

In an interview with This Morning, Julia praised the BGT boss: "Thank you so, so, so much. Honestly there's no words you can say to thank him because what he's done is the best thing for me ever."

Speaking previously, Julia had told the Daily Mirror: "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."

Her mum added: "It's the first time Julia has had any kind of hope about being able to dance in the future. We are in a very privileged position because of Simon."

Meanwhile, Simon said: "There’s no way I would ever have her [Julia] on this show and say, it’s all just about winning the £250,000. I couldn’t do that."

He explained: “You get letters, you get calls. You have to draw the line at a certain point. But I think if someone comes on in this situation, to do nothing would be, well, I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.

“You create a connection. And I think with us, in this particular case, I think there is something we can do.

“There’s no way I would ever say: ‘Right, you came second, so it’s all over’.”

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