腳踝當膝關節 截肢少女雙足舞出芭蕾夢

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16歲的美國女孩嘉比‧莎爾(Gabi Shull)比很多人都更感恩和熱愛生活,觀看她跳舞、溜冰、參加啦啦隊的相片或影片,你立即會感受到這一點;之後你會留意到,她的右腿只有一半,下面裝的是假肢。

嘉比的媽媽黛比(Debbie Shull)告訴Fox 29,2011年,九歲的女兒在一次滑冰時跌倒傷了膝蓋,兩個月過去,傷口還是腫脹疼痛,核磁成像檢查顯示她得了惡性骨腫瘤——骨癌。在接受幾輪化療之後,為了避免癌細胞侵蝕身體組織和骨骼,醫生推薦她做一種特別的截肢手術,叫做「旋轉矯形術」(rotationplasty)。圖為剛做完手術的小嘉比。

Tomorrow is the first day of September, which is childhood cancer awareness month. 5 years ago I fought cancer and survived, but many kids do not. Even though I lost my leg and have many side effects to this day, I did not lose my life, and would consider myself very lucky. Sometimes kids will run out of treatment options, or even die because of the chemo itself since it is so toxic. This is because of the lack of funding and awareness for childhood cancer. The national cancer institute has billions of dollars for cancer research, but less than 4% of that money is set aside for childhood cancer research. 4% is not enough, and this needs to change. Awareness leads to funding. Funding leads to research, and research leads to a cure. So, lets show support for ALL kids battling cancer!! #gogold 🎗

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「他們截去了我長癌瘤的膝蓋部分,將我的小腿和腳反轉180度,接到了大腿上。」嘉比在影片中一邊戴上假肢一邊說,「我腳尖朝前時,假肢就會伸直,轉動腳踝時,假肢就會彎曲。這種手術並不是每個人都適合,但對我很有效。」

 
手術有效防止了腫瘤的局部複發,以及截肢後殘端過度生長引起的潰瘍等問題。非但如此,從癌症中完全康復的嘉比,以腳踝為「膝關節」,得以再度穿上心愛的芭蕾舞鞋,拾起芭蕾夢。經過艱難的復健,嘉比適應了假肢,一年後,她能走路了;再過一年,她再一次用雙腿開始舞蹈。如今,她可以嫻熟地用右腳操縱假肢,「屈膝」、打直,做出足尖站立等經典芭蕾舞姿。

World cancer day. Be aware 💛

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嘉比所在的舞台中心表演藝術學院(Center Stage Academy of the Performing Arts)院長坎普(Kristen Kemp)受訪時說,她和其他老師一度為嘉比調整舞步設計,但從五年前開始就再也不必這樣做,「她自己克服了困難。我讓她跳的舞步和其他高水平舞者沒有區別」。

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Selfie Sunday💥💥💥 #throwback

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嘉比的表現鼓舞了身邊的很多人。坎普說,「許多舞者,包括我自己,看到之後都想,好吧,如果她能做到——她能截肢外科手術然後回來跳舞、跳出所有舞姿,而且從不提出幫她改動作,那麼我們面對的任何小事都沒什麼大不了。」如今,這位16歲的少女每天都非常快樂,不但在舞台上綻放著光彩,還成為非營利組織Dancers vs. Cancers和兒童抗癌組織The Truth 365的的全美髮言人。(gabishull/instagram)

嘉比希望自己的故事能鼓舞他人:「永遠別放棄夢想。」

如西諺所說,上帝關上一道門,必會打開一扇窗。