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Written by Mies van den Biggelaar

Andrew Thomas (boredpanda)
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Pursuing the love for dancing after a partial leg amputation

Art and design can be beautiful, mind-blowing and inspiring, but sometimes something technical or scientific is so inspiring that it almost becomes art.

Meet Gabi Shull. Next to being a teen, she’s a dancer. Quite a special one, because when she was 9 years old, a case of osteosarcoma was discovered in her knee, resulting in an amputation of the affected area. 

To allow her to (at least try) continue pursuing her love for dancing, Gabi Shull underwent a special surgery called rotationplasty, she explains in a The Truth 365 video:

"They took out my knee area, which is the portion the cancer was in. They took my lower leg and foot, twisted it 180 degrees backwards, and attached it to my thigh. Whenever I point my foot, it straightens the prosthesis, and whenever I flex my foot, it bends the prosthesis."

This type of surgery doesn’t work for everybody, but for Gabi Shull it did, combine it with lots of hard work and then meet todays Gabi Shull: dancing, ice skating, rollerblading and participating in the same way as all her peers. Even competing in several genres of dance and becoming a cheerleader.

Andrew Thomas (boredpanda)
Image by: Andrew Thomas (boredpanda)
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