Doctors use a woman’s foot to create a knee so she can walk again
Jessica Quinn was only eight years old when she was diagnosed with cancer and doctors amputated her leg to save her life. She now uses her foot as a knee to hold her prosthesis in place. Take a look below:
At the time, doctors thought it was just a regular break and treated it as such. But after months of struggling for the bone to heal, they realized something more sinister was happening.
Jessica had a rare form of bone cancer, osteosarcoma, which weakened her femur and made it crack.
She then underwent a revolutionary surgery to remove the bone in her thigh and rotate her shin so that she could use her foot as a joint for the prosthesis.
Speaking to LADbible, the New Zealand author and model said: “I was outside playing with my sister, and decided to stand on a soccer ball just trying to balance and to show a little, but I fell and cracked my femur.
“I was rushed to the hospital and they operated on and tried to heal the fracture. They spent about three or four months trying to heal the bone, as they normally would, without realizing it. why it broke in the first place.
“But it just didn’t heal and I couldn’t walk without it hurting, so they tested me and realized I had osteosarcoma.”
The 28-year-old was then put on a brutal chemotherapy plan and spent the following months in hospital.
Meanwhile, her weight dropped to just 18kg (2.8th), and the decision was made to remove her leg.
“It was just the only way I could really get rid of everything and save my life,” she says.
“But there were a few things at stake. Because I had broken my leg, it was complicated by the risk of the cancer spreading. They had also tried to fix the leg by putting rods in my femur, so having bone replacement or something like that wasn’t really an option; the point was just to save my life.
“So yeah, I had two options: one was a complete hip disarticulation, which is an amputation, and in my case that would have been pretty high in my hip.
“But that stuff doesn’t give you anything to attach your prosthesis to, so you don’t have a knee joint, and I was a very active kid, and I was just a kid, so I wanted to live as normal a life as possible.
“The other option was the rotational plasti, so they grabbed the right part of my leg and rotated it.
“I was the first person in New Zealand to have this type of amputation successfully.”
Over the years, Jessica had to adjust her life and goals, finding it difficult to continue playing team sports like netball, which she loved.
She channeled her passions into art and design and now uses her social media to teach her thousands of followers the importance of being good about yourself.
Jessica told us: “There are kind of two camps, some people are like, ‘Oh, I can’t complain about my sprained ankle because you don’t have an ankle or yours is in the wrong place’ , as I understand it, but all of our mountains are also big for us.
“We all struggle with our bodies and I had to, I guess, force myself to accept mine or live a really painful life.”
And while she can sometimes find the responsibility to be that inspiration that people find a little overwhelming, it’s something that she is passionate about.
Adding: “I had to keep an eye on this, but at the same time, I feel like this is my goal and this is definitely what I want to do, tell my story.”