Teen Lives Ballerina Dream

13-year-old uses special pointed prosthesis for performances

By Andrew Tanielian
|  Wednesday, Sep 5, 2012  |  Updated 10:43 PM CDT
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13-year-old Paulina Fuller dreams of being a ballerina and thanks to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital's prosthetic program her dream is granted every year.

Andrew Tanielian, NBC 5 Reporter

13-year-old Paulina Fuller dreams of being a ballerina and thanks to Scottish Rite Children's Hospital's prosthetic program her dream is granted every year.

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A Texas girl overcoming adult challenges got the royal treatment from a local 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.

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