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Meet Gabi, the ballerina with a metal leg.

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Meet Gabi, the ballerina with a metal leg.

Video Source: BBCNEWS

 

This is Gabi Shull, the dancer with a metal leg.  After being diagnosed with bone cancer, her right leg had to be amputated at age 11.  Gabi opted for a different kind of surgery though.

Gabi opted for Rotationplasty.  Rotationplasty is an alternative surgical procedure to limb sparing surgery. It is most commonly advocated for young patients with bone cancer of the the distal femur (lower end of the thigh bone). It has been undertaken in older patients and in other skeletal locations such as the hip and shoulder. For distal femoral tumours it involves removing the section of cancerous bone.

When a patient has cancer in a limb, he or she will usually undergo chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery first. The physician may recommend limb removal when it is no longer possible to save the limb or if the patient is skeletally immature. This can be done either through amputation or through Van Ness rotationplasty.

They took out Gabi's knee area where the cancer was and took her lower leg and foot, twisting it 108 degrees backwards then reattached it to her upper thigh.  This way, Gabi's ankle now acts as her knee joint.  She was then given a custom prosthetic, and through hours and hours of practice, trial, and error - Gabi soon then overcame the challenge of losing a leg.

With this, she was able to mostly do just about everything a normal girl would be able to do as if she hadn't  lost her right leg to cancer.

 In short, she's AMAZING!

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