GABI SHULL: This surgery has allowed me to do so much more than I expected, and I wouldnever go back and change it. COMM: 14yearold Gabi Shull looks like any other dancer in her class. But at the ageof 9, she had her right leg amputated at the knee, after being diagnosed with bone cancer. GABI SHULL: Whenever I knew I was going to get my leg amputated, well the first goalwas to get walking and just get out of the bed. But what motivated me to walkwas dancing again.
COMM: Thanks to rotationplasty surgery, Gabi has been able to get back on her feet. GABI SHULL: So the surgery rotationplasty, what they did is they removed my cancer, whichwas in my lower femurknee and they removed my whole knee and took my lower tibia androtated it 180 degrees backwards and reattached it to my upper thigh area. And now my ankleacts as a knee joint, it lets me do things that I might not have been able to do with other surgeries like dancing or cheering, rock climbing, ice skating.
KRISTEN KEMP: I knew Gabi before she had cancer and watching her go through this journey, and to become the amazing dancer she is, has been really amazing! COMM: Gabi first realised there was a problem after a skating accident. GABI SHULL: I went iceskating with one of my friends and I feel and hurt my knee and had an MRI and that’s when they found the cancer. DEBBIE SHULL: We went to the and he told us the news. He said, â€œYour daughterhas what we think could be cancer, a type of cancer called osteosarcoma.â€� We wereshocked, he had to repeat what he said because
I didn’t believe him, I didn’t think myears heard him correctly. She asked, â€œWhy, why does this happen to me?â€� And we said,â€œYou know, sometimes bad things happen to good people. We don’t know why, but we justhave to do our best to get through it.â€� And, that’s what we did. COMM: The recovery process was difficult. But a year after surgery, Gabi was able totake her first steps. GABI SHULL: It took several PT sessions just getting the motion back in my ankle and takingmy first steps without any assistance no
walker, crutches, and then a year after thatI was dancing again on stage. COMM: Now she is dancing competitively again. MAGGIC HARTMAN: Gabi never really sees anything as an obstacle, she doesn’t turn down achallenge or say that she can’t do anything. SYDNEY BEARD AND LEAH LANDWEHR: When I think of Gabi, I think that she’s really strongand inspirational. DEBBIE SHULL: We all are extremely proud of Gabi for everything achieved, because she’sdone so much more than anybody’s ever expected.
COMM: Gabi currently volunteers for a children’s cancer charity and hopes to continue to helpchildren with cancer in the future. GABI SHULL: I do work with â€˜The Truth 365′, which is an organisation to help raise awarenessfor child cancer and I’m their national spokesperson. When I’m older, I would liketo be a paediatric oncologist or a nurse. Or one of the scientists that finds a curefor cancer. If I could beat cancer and have a prosthetic leg and learn to do everythingagain than I can do anything.
7 Most Painful Dental Conditions Ever How They Will Kill You
These are the seven most painful dental conditions ever. After watching this, you’ll be scared shitless about your next trip to the dentist. Number 7: Dental AbscessA dental abscess is an infection inside the tooth or the gums that’s filled with pus.If not treated properly, it has the potential to turn deadly. While there are a few differenttypes of abscesses, they generally all have similar symptoms. The pain involved with an abscess usuallystarts off mild, but can quickly become extremely painful. The pain has been described as athrobbing or shooting sensation. The area in question will also swell up turn red.In more extreme cases, the abscess may spread
to the bones tissue near the teeth, whichcould cause swelling in the face or lymph glands on the neck. The pain will then spreadto the side of the face near the toothache. If a severe abscess were to go untreated,it could eventually spread internally to tissues muscles near the infected area. This spreadcan lead to a dangerous condition known as Ludwig’s angina, or an infection occuringon the floor of the mouth. This disease can be deadly as it often restricts necessaryairways. In fact, the name â€œanginaâ€� is derived from the Greek word â€œankhon,â€�meaning â€œstrangling.â€� In addition to feelings of being strangled, the face, neck, headwill also become infected.
It is even possible for people to die froman abscess. Famous fashion designer notorious Nazi supporter Hugo Boss died from a toothabcess in 1948. A 12yearold boy named Deamonte Driver died from a tooth abscess as well whenit spread to his brain. Despite two operations six weeks in the , his life couldnot be saved. The same thing happened in 2011 to 24yearold Kyle Willis when the infectionspread to his brain caused it to swell. In the cases of both Driver Willis, a delayin treatment was due to the fact that neither of them had health insurance. Number 6: Periodontal Gum DiseasePeriodontal gum disease is the result when
gingivitis goes untreated. It appears as inflammation infection around the tooth when severe enough, can cause tooth loss damage to yourbone structure. Once your gums are infected, they begin pulling away from the tooth. Thisspace allows bacteria to form underneath the gums. It’ll then progress by badly damagingthe bone structure under the gums usually results in teeth falling out or being removedif not treated properly. Symptoms of periodontal gum disease includesensitive teeth, bleeding gums, swollen gums, loose teeth, painful chewing. It is oftenthe result of smoking, hormonal changes, or a byproduct of other diseases such as diabetesor even AIDS.
Number 5: EdentulismEdentulism is a condition in which one is either completelyâ€”or at least partiallyâ€”toothless.It affects an estimated 158 million people worldwide. As we all can suspect, losing one’s teethcan be very problematic. Teeth serve many basic yet important functions such as chewingfood, maintaining speech, supporting your facial structure. Teeth also allow humansto break their food down in a manner that is more digestible through a process knownas mastication. As a result, malnutrition is a very possible side effect, which mayadditionally have a domino effect. Weight
loss, constipation, arthritis have beenknown to occur as well. In the most extreme cases of edentulism, the condition has evenbeen connected to more serious sometimes lifethreatening diseases such as Parkinson’sdisease, heart problems, even cancer. Number 4: TMJ ConditionsTemporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJ, describes a condition in which three importantparts of the mouth experience pain: the muscles that move the jaw, the muscles of mastication, the temporomandibular joints (which connect the mandible to the skull). If left untreated,TMJ conditions can become chronic quite painful.