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15-Year-Old Amputee Ballerina Who Lost Her Leg, Makes An Unbelievable Recovery

When Gabi Shull from Missouri was only nine years old, she had to have part of her leg amputated due to osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer that affected her knee. But as you can see, that hasn’t stopped the young ballerina from dancing!

The cancer was found when Gabi had an x-ray after injuring herself ice-skating. It looked like she’d never dance again but the now fifteen-year-old just can’t stop moving thanks to a revolutionary form of surgery called rotationplasty. Surgeons reattached her foot to the remainder of her leg at a 180 degree angle so that it could fit into a prosthetic in such a way as to allow her to continue dancing. And that’s exactly what Gabi is doing! She takes pointe, hip-hop, tap, jazz, contemporary and lyrical dance classes, and she also dances competitively. Not only that but she’s also a national spokesperson for a children’s cancer awareness organization called The Truth 365. Could this girl be any more awesome? We think not. (h/t: cosmopolitan)

When Gabi Shull was only nine years old, she had to have part of her leg amputated due to cancer

 

Image credits: Debbie Shull

But that hasn’t stopped the young ballerina from dancing!

 

Image credits: Andrew Thomas

She had a revolutionary form of surgery called rotationplasty

 

Image credits: Andrew Thomas

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Surgeons reattached her foot to the remainder of her leg at a 180 degree angle

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Image credits: Andrew Thomas

This enabled it to fit into a prosthetic in such a way as to allow her to continue dancing

 

Image credits: Andrew Thomas

And that’s exactly what Gabi is doing! Could this girl be any more awesome?

 

Image credits: Andrew Thomas

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