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May 14, 2014 6:09 PM

Rare surgery helps 6-year-old Missouri girl run over by lawn tractor

In a rare procedure called rotationplasty that lasted eight hours at University of Kansas Hospital, doctors removed sections of Izzy Smith’s thigh and shin, rotated her foot and attached the shin to her thigh so her heel is where her kneecap had been. The procedure gives her the best fit for a prosthetic lower leg, her ankle serving as a knee joint. Her foot? Backward. Her smile? Right where it’s always been and beautiful as ever. Family members say her strength got them through this ordeal.

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