Jillian Williams was a contestant in Miss Teen USA beauty pageants and also a skilled and dedicated volleyball player. In February 2016, however, life changed in an instant for the young woman from Texas.
At 19 years old, Jillian was competing in a volleyball tournament during college when she felt pain in her knee. At first, she thought it was just a torn meniscus from playing sports. But as time passed, she realized something was seriously wrong.
Jillian was ultimately diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, which is a rare form of bone cancer. She was then faced with a difficult and life-changing decision: remove the tumor and keep her leg, or undergo a radical surgery that would require amputation — but give her a better chance of remission.
This brave and defiant woman chose the latter and opted for the “rotationplasty” procedure.
Surgeons removed the middle portion of Jillian’s left 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,” Barcroft reports. Now, she uses her ankle as her knee!
That’s right — this former beauty queen is now bald and has one leg — but her inner and outer beauty is inspiring people around the world.
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