Teen Dancer With Backward Foot Meets Fellow Cancer Survivors Who Had Same Procedure
A Missouri teen whose foot appears backwards on her leg after a startling cancer diagnosis is still dancing, and inspiring others like her.
Gabi Shull has been dancing since she was 3 years old. In 2010, she experienced a sharp pain in her knee. An MRI revealed a tumor and she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma a rare form of cancer.
“She started crying immediately,” her mother, Debbie, recalled. “She says: ‘Am I gonna die?’ and we said: “No, you’re not.’”
A surgeon recommended rotationplasty — when the knee is removed and the lower leg is rotated backwards and fused with the thigh allowing the ankle to function as the knee.
With a prosthetic attached, her leg looks normal, and she hasn't slowed down.
“I’m pretty amazed by what I can do,” she told Inside Edition.
Shull recently traveled to Houston to perform in a fundraiser for children battling cancer this past summer.
Shull later took the stage and wowed the crowd and inspired everyone by taking a giant step forward.
“I was expecting to look odd, so once I got over that I was just learning how to walk again,” the 15-year-old said of her surgery. “I just prayed a lot and stayed positive.”
She went through a year’s worth of rehab and mastered the use of the prosthetic leg with ease.
One of her sisters told Inside Edition: "I would not think Gabi would let cancer stop her from doing what she's wants."