Musa Motha is a talented dancer, hands down. He has been the lead dancer in a number of high profile shows. Motha dances with only one leg, but judging by the way he moves, you could hardly call him “handicapped.”
The 23-year-old, who dances with crutches, leaves audiences in awe with his impressive moves.
Musa lost one of his legs when he was 11-years-old. Doctors amputated the leg after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – a type of cancer that affects the bones.
Osteosarcoma is a type of cancer that produces immature bone. It is the most common type of cancer that arises in bones, and it is usually found at the end of long bones, often around the knee.
Scientists have not discovered the cause of most cases of osteosarcoma. Osteosarcoma can develop as a result of radiation to an area of the body. It can also be associated with specific genetic changes and diseases.
“I was bedridden for two years before I decided to have an amputation,” said Musa.
He has been cancer-free since undergoing the operation.
Most people with osteosarcoma do not feel sick. Patients may have a history of pain in the affected area and may have developed a limp. Often the pain is thought to be related to muscle soreness or “growing pains,” but it does not go away with rest. Many patients only see a doctor when there is some sort of injury to the area or when the tumor weakens a bone so much that it breaks (this is called a pathological fracture).
“I came to dancing through music, I was a DJ – it talks to me, my friends taught me sbhujwa, pantsula and hip-hop. We formed our own street dance group and performed in music videos, TV ads, competitions. But I wanted more. I auditioned here and it really was not easy.
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