Kid Opts For Right Leg To Be Reattached Backwards

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  1. SamAsh07
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    When Dugan Smith was 10 years old, doctors discovered a tumor "the size of a softball" in his right leg. He had a rare form of cancer, and he'd need an operation to remove it. Instead of choosing a more standard procedure, The Post Game reports this week, Smith opted for a "rotationplasty," because he didn't want to give up baseball:

    Dugan's lower leg would be detached, turned 180 degrees, and reattached higher. That would allow his ankle muscles and ligaments to do the job of his knee. Basically: his ankle would serve as a backwards knee. So his foot would be at the end of his thigh, and he could place it into a prosthetic and have more control over it.

    Dugan slips his right foot into a prosthetic leg every day, and pitches for his middle school baseball team. We ask, in absolute end-of-the-week sincerity, that you take a moment to appreciate a kid who can smile like that when he's staring at his foot, swiveled 180 degrees away from where it should be, just because he knows he can play baseball now. What a world! And what a guy.[/p]

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  2. KingVamp

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    You can appreciate the determination right? [​IMG]
     
  3. SamAsh07
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    Well yeah, but who would be determined to get their leg reattached backwards? :wtf: I know I wouldn't.
     
  4. Terminator02

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    if i could control my leg better that way i'd do it
     
  5. s4mid4re

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    well he seems happy with it, so....
     
  6. RupeeClock

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    That's actually incredibly creative, for his situation he actually has a great deal more use of his leg than he normally should.
     
  7. _Chaz_

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    I would have never thought of anything like this.

    I hope he can get back on the team with this, we all know how coaches can be with things like this.
     
  8. Jax

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    Here's a video explaining this procedure.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njJUcTbR2SY[/youtube]
     
  9. ShinyJellicent12

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  10. Ikki

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    I was ready to post "that kid is fucked up" when I read the title.

    But I think it's so awesome that he loves baseball that much. My best wishes to him.
     
  11. Shabutie78

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    it's gonna suck if ever the kid gets over his love for basketball.
    then again, rotationplasty really isn't all that bad, especially when compared to the loss of the entire leg.
     
  12. DrOctapu

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    Hell.
    What's with all the miraculous transplants and stuff lately? Also, this is inspiring and I admire their determination, but that's horrifying to look at.
     
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    It's incredible that this is even possible. This seems like a really good solution, I hope it works out for him.
     
  15. Livin in a box

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    I was about to post "what an idiot" when I read the title too, but it's actually a really good thing for him to do! Best of luck to him.
     
  16. naved.islam14

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    Really looks horrifying.
     
  17. NiGHtS

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    Amazing really. Sure it is a little horrifying at first, but when you think about it, why shouldn't people in these situations be given one more chance? [​IMG]