Cancer survivor Gabi Shull learned she needed mostÂ of her leg amputatedÂ at age nine after an injury to her kneeÂ while ice skatingÂ led doctors to discover cancer in it.
As an active child and avid ballet dancer, she and her family feared the amputationÂ might mean she could no longer dance or maintain her active lifestyle.
According to Fitness Magazine, doctors recommended a rare procedure called a Rotationplasty. Surgeons had to âremove Gabi's knee joint, rotate her lower leg and foot a full 180 degrees, and then rejoin it to her thighâallowing it to function like a knee."
Now, her ankle acts like a knee. âIt's a unique surgery,â ShullÂ toldÂ People Magazine. âNot for everybody, but it was worth it for me.â
Now she's 15 and, thanks to the help of a prosthetic leg, participates in a variety of dance classes, including pointe, tap, contemporary and jazz,Â as well as dance competitions. âThis is everything she would have done if she had not had cancer,â Gabi's mom, Debbie Shull, toldÂ Fitness. âShe's just living her life as if this didn't happen.â
Shull is also a spokesperson forÂ The Truth 365, an organization committedÂ to raising awareness and advocacy on behalf of children fighting cancer.