A 7-year-old girl with hopes for a dance career recently received devastating news: her left leg had a 10-centimeter tumor. But thanks to a rare procedure where she has to put her leg back, the young dancer can continue to pursue her dream.
Although Amelia's leg is no longer the same, she will be able to use it earlier in a similar manner. The operation took place, reports Birmingham Live.
After the diagnosis of osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer, the British girl underwent chemotherapy. After completing the treatments, she continued with an operation called "rotational plastic," which is usually performed in children with bone cancer near the knee.
The procedure involves the removal of the part of the leg where the cancer is present. But the remaining limb is preserved, rotated 180 degrees and reapplied. It is reversed, because if the foot is so placed, the ankle may function like a knee after Dana-Farber / Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center . She will eventually be able to put her foot into a prosthetic for which her loved ones are currently collecting money through a crowdfunding campaign.
"She was the perfect patient to have this procedure and even said 'good bye loser' cancer when we were preparing to amputate," said Dr. Lee Jeys, the surgeon who operated on the Royal Orthopedic Hospital Amelia, in a statement. "I'm glad she can continue to do all the things a normal kid can do, including sports and dancing."
Michelle Eldred, Amelia's mother, said her daughter heals well after her January surgery. In fact, her surgery has encouraged the young girl to have even bigger dreams.
"She tells how her new leg will enable her to travel the world one day and maybe even attend the Paralympics!" Eldred said to Birmingham Live. 19659012]