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Foot attached backward to replace lost knee

Jordon Moody underwent a rotationplasty when her leg was amputated due to bone cancer.

By
Ben Hooper

BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A British woman whose lower leg was amputated due to cancer had her foot attached backward to replace her lost knee.

Jordon Moody, 22, lost her left leg above the knee due to bone cancer and doctors performed a rotationplasty to reattach her foot facing backward to create a replacement knee joint.

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"They told me they could get rid of the thigh and use the bottom part of my leg to replace the top part and my foot would become my knee," Moody told The Telegraph. "They said they would have to turn it 180 degrees because of the way the foot bends so it would bend the same way as a knee."

Moody said doctors at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham, England, told her the rotationplasty would allow her to be fitted with a prosthesis.

The surgery was completed in July and Moody said she has adjusted to her new leg.

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"I can't get out much at the moment and I am now waiting to be fitted with a new artificial lower limb, which will be attached to the joint created from the foot. Hopefully, before Christmas, I will be walking unaided again, that's my goal," she said.

Moody said she has not given up on her dreams of being an actor.

"It is something I still want to try," she said. "I'm the type of person that I'd rather give it a go and fail but at least I went for it than spend my life wishing I had."

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