Groundbreaking Surgery Helped Former Pageant Contender Get A New Knee

BarcroftTVPublished: May 19, 2017100,262 views
Published: May 19, 2017

A beauty queen has had cutting-edge surgery to allow her to use her ankle as her knee after having part of her leg amputated. Jillian Williams, 20, from Odem, Texas, was a contestant in the glamorous world of Miss Teen USA beauty pageants and a talented college volleyball player.

But her world came crashing down in February last year when she was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma - a rare type of bone cancer. To minimize the possibility of relapse, she opted for a 'rotationplasty', a procedure which required surgeons to remove the middle portion of her leg. The foot, ankle and shin were then rotated 180 degrees and reattached to her upper leg to act as her knee joint - which then slips into a prosthetic lower leg.

Jillian is now hopeful for the future and dreams of being the first amputee Miss Texas and representing the American national team in Paralympic volleyball.

Jillian is a true inspiration. Despite the fact that her life was plagued with all these challenges that a lot of use could not even comprehend, she still pushed through with a smile on her face! She sets a great example for all of us to follow; even when life beats you down, you can always get back up and push through!

Please share this video with your family and friends as it is truly amazing and one that should not be missed!

Videographer / director: Ruaridh Connellan
Producer: Nora Hakramaj, Ruby Coote
Editor: James Thorne

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