In January 2018, the grade 12 student of Dubai American Academy suddenly experienced pain in her lower back, radiating to her legs. “I have always been a very healthy person, very active, bicycling, horse riding, playing sports. I have never been sick or visited a hospital during these years. When I experienced this pain, I was surprised. I could have never imagined it could be this terrible,” recalled Sikora, an Australian expatriate in Dubai.