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|14-year-old Hanger Clinic patient dancing ballet again with custom-designed prosthetic leg|
Independence, Mo., March 10, 2016 – After losing a portion of her right leg to cancer in 2011 at age nine, Warrensburg, Mo. resident and avid dancer Gabi Shull was determined to dance again. Thanks to hard work, determination, and a custom-designed prosthetic foot, Gabi, now 14, has achieved her goal and is inspiring others, including more than three million Facebook users who watched a December 2015 video of Gabi dancing with her prosthesis: https://www.facebook.com/theTruth365film/posts/1204595102901530.
Last month, Kansas City-area journalists attended Shull’s clinical follow-up appointment with her Hanger Clinic Prosthetist Keith Andrews. Following are some of the resulting news stories:
About Shull: In 2011, Gabi was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in her right leg. Faced with the difficult decision of what would be best for Gabi and her active lifestyle, Gabi and her parents decided on a surgery called rotationplasty. Surgeons removed the diseased part of Gabi’s leg and rotated and reattached the healthy lower part of her leg and foot, so that her ankle now acts as her knee, allowing her to retain a natural joint.
Nine months following the surgery, Gabi was walking again. In the next year, she competed at her first dance competition post-diagnosis, and she continues to train in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and contemporary dance. Additionally, Gabi is a flyer for her high school’s varsity cheer team, active in her school show choir, and an advocate for children with cancer. Throughout all of these accomplishments, Gabi never gave up on her dream of dancing on pointe, an advanced ballet technique. In 2015, Gabi’s prosthetist, Hanger Clinic Clinician Keith Andrews, crafted a cone-shaped prosthetic foot inside of a pointe shoe that has allowed Gabi to achieve this dream.
About Hanger Clinic: Founded in 1861 by the first amputee of the Civil War, Hanger Clinic, a business unit of Hanger, Inc., owns and operates 750+ patient care clinics nationwide, including 22 in Missouri. The certified clinicians of Hanger provide patients with the latest in orthotic and prosthetic solutions, including microprocessor devices for those with limb loss and neuromuscular technologies for those with paralysis due to stroke, MS and other debilitating conditions. For more information on Hanger, visit www.Hanger.com, and for more information on Hanger Clinic, visit www.HangerClinic.com.
Krisita Burket, Hanger, Inc.
Beth Hallmark, Hanger, Inc.