|All smiles: Dugan Smith's calf now acts as his thigh, while his ankle has become his knee. Prosthetics do the rest.|
Dugan Smith, 13, of Ohio, is pitching and playing first base, thanks to a unique procedure that turned his foot backwards, the Daily Mail reports.
Dugan was 10 when he fell from a tree and fractured his femur.
Dr. Joel Mayerson said that while undergoing treatment, a softball-sized malignant tumor was discovered in Dugan's leg that was bleeding and polluting his muscles with cancer. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.
The surgery involved cutting above and below Dugan's knee to remove the tumor before flipping and reattaching the lower portion of his leg.
Now, Dugan's calf is his thigh, and the ankle joint acts as his knee, while the foot is now his ankle. A prosthetic ankle and foot do the rest. More importantly, he's cancer-free and playing baseball again.（点击英国《每日邮报》查看原文）
(China.org.cn August 16, 2011)