Short shinbone can't keep Nadia off track

Last updated 05:00 24/03/2014
Nadia Sziranyi
BEST FOOT FORWARD: Nadia Sziranyi, 15, ran her last Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon yesterday.

Relevant offers

Health

GP and poet Glenn Colquhoun: 'Every week I hear at least one story I thought was not possible.' Failed national counselling service Relationships Aotearoa owes $1.7 million Study suggests sunscreen is more effective than sitting under a sun umbrella Earwax horror stories: from cotton buds to sliced onions Nelson lawyer Sue Grey takes government to High Court over cannabidiol Simple check could save lives, Auckland prostate cancer survivor says How to raise your baby: an ever-evolving guide Dementia becoming the world's most significant health challenge Doctors fully booked on Auckland's North Shore as GP shortage compounds Trainee doctors who sat exam hours after sleepless night of quakes allowed to resit

Not only did cancer survivor Nadia Sziranyi do both the Weet-Bix Kids Tryathlon and Relay for Life at the weekend, she did it all while missing one bone in her leg.

The Petone, Wellington, teen had 12 centimetres of her fibula removed last year as part of her treatment for osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Rather than replace the portion of the small bone in her lower leg with a metal rod, surgeons left it as is, meaning Nadia's tibia or shinbone had to do a lot more work than any other runner's.

"It gets sore. In the running I was aiming not to stop, but I just had to," the 15-year-old Sacred Heart College student said.

Nadia, who has competed in the annual tryathlon for children aged 7 to 15 since she was 8, started to notice shooting pains in her left leg about two years ago and was diagnosed with osteosarcoma.

Mum Louise Sziranyi said her daughter was incredibly brave during her nine months of chemotherapy.

A chemotherapy appointment on raceday last year prevented Nadia participating but she was given a medal for the event when her mother explained the situation.

"Now I have the whole set," a beaming Nadia said.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should fluoride in water be the responsibility of central government?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content