After cancer and without a leg, ballerina returns to dance
The story of overcoming the American Gabi Shull became inspiration for many people around the world. At age 9, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer. Despite the numerous chemotherapy sessions, she had to amputate part of her right leg.
The girl was already practicing ballet at the time, and because of all the difficulties she had, she lost hope of ever dancing again. However, because her tumor was located in the knee, she may have a procedure called rotational plasty.
The amputation was made above the knee and the lower part of the limb was reconnected to the thigh in the inverted position. Now, her foot works as a knee and, with the help of a special amputee prosthesis, the girl can move easily.
"After I had my leg amputated, the priority was to walk again and get out of bed. hospital, but what motivated me to walk was the thought of dancing again because I just wanted to dance, "she told the Daily Mail newspaper.
The girl had a difficult time recovering and did not know if one day I could get back to the ballet. According to the girl's mother, Debbie Shull, "About 12 rotating plantar surgeries are performed annually in the United States. This is not a common procedure," but in her case, that was the only option that offered any chance
After a year of recovery and a lot of training, Gabi was finally able to take the first steps on her own. Today, at age 14, the girl is a dancer and cheerleader, as well as a spokeswoman for The Truth 365, an institution focused on combating childhood cancer.
The girl already has many plans for the future: "When I'm older, I'd like to specialize in pediatrics at college or work as a nurse or scientist to help find cancer cure. If I can beat cancer, live with a prosthetic leg, and learn all over again, then I believe I can do anything. "
Check out the video in which the girl explains more about her condition:
After cancer and without a leg, dancer returns to dance
At age 9, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare type of cancer in the bones - photo: disclosure / Instagram
After cancer and without a leg, ballet dancer returns to dance - photo: disclosure / Instagram
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