Ballerina receives pointe foot prosthesis allowing her to dance again for first time in 13 years
Mar 16, 2016
An amateur ballerina in Brazil, whose lower left leg was amputated after a road accident, has spoken of her joy after becoming among the first people to receive a pointe foot prosthesis allowing her to dance classical ballet again.
The breakthrough design opens up the possibilities for other amputees across the world who may have enjoyed amateur ballet dancing before losing a limb. The carbon fibre and gypsum mould was manufactured for Melina Reis by São Paulo prosthetic specialist Dr José André Carvalho, director of the Campinas Institute of Prosthesis and Orthosis.
An ecstatic Ms Reis, 31, who returned to the bar for the first time this month after a 13-year absence, said: “It has always been my dream to go back to using pointe shoes. To be able to dance again is an inexplicable feeling of joy and deep satisfaction.
“When I asked Dr Carvalho to make the foot for me, he accepted the challenge even though he could find nothing in medical literature to help him.”
Ms Reis’s leg was amputated below the knee in 2014 after more than 30 operations to save her leg, following the car accident in 2002.