Harmonie-Rose Allen was struck by 𝔡𝔢𝔞𝔡𝔩𝔶 𝔪𝔢𝔫𝔦𝔫𝔤𝔦𝔱𝔦𝔰 at just 10 months old 💔, but the brave little girl defeat the 𝔡𝔢𝔞𝔡𝔩𝔶 𝔡𝔦𝔰𝔢𝔞𝔰𝔢 💪.
Doctors told her parents, Freya Hall and Ross Allen, that their only daughter had one of the worst cases of the virus they had ever seen. Her limbs were removed in a series of operations to save her life.
Her parents had watched Harmonie take her first steps just ten days before she fell ill with the 𝔡𝔢𝔞𝔡𝔩𝔶 𝔪𝔢𝔫𝔦𝔫𝔤𝔦𝔱𝔦𝔰 B virus in 2014 💔.
Doctors were also forced to remove the tip of her nose and warned her parents she could suffer long-term vision and learning problems 😥😥.
Since then the tot has had to re-learn how to feed herself, play and get around. She was even given a doll with prosthetic arms and legs, just like her.
The brave youngster has now taken a big first step in a process that will allow her to walk and even run around with her friends when she begins school 😍😍.
Harmonie has been fitted with new £10,000 legs by leading prosthetic clinic Dorset Orthopaedic. But they didn’t fit her properly and Harmonie didn’t like wearing them.
The new ones, which are decorated with unicorns and rainbows and have life-like feet and toes.
Although she has adapted well to life without limbs, her parents hope that there are new legs, which will give Harmonie the confidence to walk on her own ❣️.
When Harmonie met Dorset Orthopaedic prosthetist Gillian Burrage she told her she liked pink, glitter and unicorns 😍.
She can walk with the help of a special walking frame or with people holding her arms but lacks the confidence to take steps on her own for fear of falling. She loves unicorns and she thought they would help her walk because unicorns are magical.
These legs will help her improve her balance and get her walking and then hopefully eventually she can keep up with her friends in the playground.
The new legs will last Harmonie about six months and then she’ll need new ones because she will have grown. This is going to be life-long for Harmonie and as she’s young and still growing she will need new sockets probably about every six months until she’s 18.
The first steps on the new legs 🥰🥰🥰
Physiotherapist Mary Tebb added: “In just a week she has already made progress. Her standing balance on her own is better and we got her to do more steps than when she first tried them.”
“There are plenty of children in her situation that go through life in a wheelchair, they just won’t do it.”