Custom prosthetic legs help teen live her ballerina dream
POSTED: Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 11:04am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — A Texas girl overcoming huge challenges recently got the royal treatment from a Fort Worth ballet company.
Paulina Fuller was a guest at the Texas Ballet Theater in Fort Worth.
The 13-year-old dancer, who lives outside Waco, was shadowing the company and learning what it takes to be elite.
She's in the area because of her relationship with Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Dallas.
Fuller, being a growing girl, she has to be refitted for prostheses every year.
Thanks to insurance and luck that Scottish Rite is a nonprofit hospital, her parents have never had to pay for a pair of her legs.
Between rehearsals, the dancers took Fuller backstage to dress her as the Swan Queen.
She then took pictures for Scottish Rite's upcoming "What Do I Dream To Be Calendar."
Fuller was selected because of both her constant success and her story.
She was born in Russia and then given up for adoption because she didn't have legs.
The Fullers adopted her and brought to the United States.
In addition to her regular legs, a leg-maker at Scottish Rite handcrafts a special pair of legs with pointed ballerina feet so she can dance.