Teenage Ballerina Uses Ankle As Knee Joint

Teenage Ballerina Uses Ankle As Knee Joint


GABI SHULL: This surgery has allowed me to do so much more than I expected, and I would
never go back and change it. COMM: 14-year-old Gabi Shull looks like any other dancer in her class. But at the age
of 9, she had her right leg amputated at the knee, after being diagnosed with bone cancer. GABI SHULL: Whenever I knew I was going to get my leg amputated, well the first goal
was to get walking and just get out of the hospital bed. But what motivated me to walk
was dancing again. COMM: Thanks to rotationplasty surgery, Gabi has been able to get back on her feet. GABI SHULL: So the surgery rotationplasty, what they did is they removed my cancer, which
was in my lower femur/knee and they removed my whole knee and took my lower tibia and
rotated it 180 degrees backwards and reattached it to my upper thigh area. And now my ankle
acts as a knee joint, it lets me do things that I might not have been able to do with other surgeries like dancing or cheering, rock climbing, ice skating. KRISTEN KEMP: I knew Gabi before she had cancer and watching her go through this journey, and to become the amazing dancer she is, has been really amazing! COMM: Gabi first realised there was a problem after a skating accident. GABI SHULL: I went ice-skating with one of my friends and I feel and hurt my knee and had an MRI and that’s when they found the cancer. DEBBIE SHULL: We went to the doctor and he told us the news. He said, “Your daughter
has what we think could be cancer, a type of cancer called osteosarcoma.” We were
shocked, he had to repeat what he said because I didn’t believe him, I didn’t think my
ears heard him correctly. She asked, “Why, why does this happen to me?” And we said,
“You know, sometimes bad things happen to good people. We don’t know why, but we just
have to do our best to get through it.” And, that’s what we did. COMM: The recovery process was difficult. But a year after surgery, Gabi was able to
take her first steps. GABI SHULL: It took several PT sessions just getting the motion back in my ankle and taking
my first steps without any assistance – no walker, crutches, and then a year after that
I was dancing again on stage. COMM: Now she is dancing competitively again. MAGGIC HARTMAN: Gabi never really sees anything as an obstacle, she doesn’t turn down a
challenge or say that she can’t do anything. SYDNEY BEARD AND LEAH LANDWEHR: When I think of Gabi, I think that she’s really strong
and inspirational. DEBBIE SHULL: We all are extremely proud of Gabi for everything achieved, because she’s
done so much more than anybody’s ever expected. COMM: Gabi currently volunteers for a children’s cancer charity and hopes to continue to help
children with cancer in the future. GABI SHULL: I do work with ‘The Truth 365’, which is an organisation to help raise awareness
for child cancer and I’m their national spokesperson. When I’m older, I would like
to be a paediatric oncologist or a nurse. Or one of the scientists that finds a cure
for cancer. If I could beat cancer and have a prosthetic leg and learn to do everything
again then I can do anything.

100 thoughts on “Teenage Ballerina Uses Ankle As Knee Joint

  1. Call me stupid, but wouldn't useing your ankle as a knee hurt over a longer period of time? Since is well, is no knee rather an ankle?

  2. no matter what her shortcomings, I can only see her strengths, she fights against cancer, can ballet, is strong in her life's test, incredible

  3. god bless you beautiful warrior stay strong and continue to do what you love many blessings sent your way 🙏🏼

  4. Una guerrera! A muchos nos falta el coraje y la garra con la que enfrentan la vida las personas con alguna discapacidad. Te admiro Gaby.

  5. I am amazed… I wonder how her brain adapted her ankle and considered it as knee❣️❣️❣️ hats off girl… Now just rule the stage ballerina 👸😇
    And thank you cause whenever I will think that I cannot achieve MY GOALS I will remember stories of people like you who have fierce will power and dedication.

  6. Uhhh I think the real story is that you can just reattach the leg on backwards in the wrong place, with working nerves and muscles.

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  8. You really motivated me and i will never forget you! Keep dancing and know that you can motivate so many other people that have 2 legs and do a half of what you do. You’re beautiful inside out and you will, for sure, excel in anything you choose to do in the future. God Bless you sweet girl.

  9. Hello. Yes, she is indeed pretty but can you focus on her actual virtues first? She is courageous, strong, positive, has a nice personality, is a good dancer. STOP COMPLIMENTING GIRLS ON HER LOOKS BEFORE HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS. Im tired of society putting pressure on girls to be “pretty” besides everything else they want to be

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