Foot-knee: Young amputee has radical surgery to create a knee joint by using her left foot
A young amputee has had radical surgery to create a new knee joint using her LEFT FOOT – which has been attached BACKWARDS.
Jordon Moody underwent the rotationplasty after bone cancer meant her thigh had to be amputated and her lower leg was moved up in the place of her thigh.
The 22-year-old from Hull, East Yorkshire, now has her foot in the place of her knee, but rotated 180 degrees, leaving her toes twisted backwards and her heel at the front.
Surgeons attached the foot in the place of her knee she Jordon can wear a prosthetic without pain, and with movement.
Jordon said: “At first after the surgery, it was awkward-looking so it was a real shock.
“It took some getting used it but now, it seems totally normal to me.
“They told me they could get rid of my thigh and use the bottom part of my leg to replace the top part and my foot would become my knee.
“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.
“It was really hard to hear and I just wanted to run out of the room.
“When they told me I had an option to keep my leg, this wasn’t what I wanted to hear.”
Jordon needed the operation after being diagnosed with bone cancer, for a second time.
Jordon was studying performing arts in New York when doctors first discovered she had cancer in her thigh.
She stayed in America for the next year, enduring chemotherapy and an operation to remove the tumour.
After being given the all-clear, Jordon returned to England to the home she shared with her parents Lieca and Ivory and two sisters Jem, 23, and 16-year-old Tanika.
But, during a visit to her godmother in Germany last year, she suffered excruciating pain and was rushed to hospital.
She flew back to England and was taken to St James’s Hospital in Leeds for more tests where doctors confirmed the cancer had returned and she was facing the amputation of her leg.
The 22-year-old said: “The pain was worse than ever and I just couldn’t move it.
“It was so scary, especially in light of the fact that the more times you get cancer, the less likely chemotherapy is going to work.
“In all honesty, you just have the fear that you are going to die.
“It’s there in the back of your mind all the time.”
Doctors then told Jordon she could either have a leg completely amputated or undergo the rotationplasty.
Jordon underwent the surgery at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham in July and is now adapting to life with her new limb.
She is now waiting to be fitted with a new artificial lower limb, which will be attached to the joint created from her foot.
Jordon said: “It seemed like I would have a better quality of life as I could have a prosthesis fitted.
“I have been on crutches since I had the first operation so it’s been a couple of years now.
“That’s my main way of getting around and I use a wheelchair.
“Hopefully, before Christmas, I will be walking unaided again.
“I’ve always been independent and I hate to feel dependent when I’m in a wheelchair or having to use the walking aids.
“There’s not so much going out now but I will be able to walk unaided if I get a prosthesis so that’s my aim now. That’s my goal.”
Lee Jeys, 42, orthopedic oncology surgeon at the Royal Orthopedic Hospital, Birmingham carried out Jordon’s procedure.
Lee said: “Jordon had already had treatment in America for a thigh tumour and unfortunately we needed to remove the whole of her thigh bone.
“Instead of leaving Jordon without a leg, we connected her shin bone to the remaining thigh bone, creating a knee joint from her foot.
“The idea of the operation is where we turn the foot around and move it up, so Jordon could have a below the knee prosthesis.
“Otherwise she would have had to have an amputation and would have been left with no leg at all.
“It is very technical surgery and I perform it about three a year- usually on young patients.
“The aim of the surgery is so the patients can walk, and in clothes will look completely normal.
“Of course, out of clothes it looks a little unusual but we do it to offer patients the best functionality they can. Most patients will eventually be able to walk unaided.”