5 Year Old Amputee Now Has High Performance Carbon Fiber Legs
In 2005, Ellie May Challis lost all of her limbs to meningitis. In 2009, she’s become the youngest person ever fitted with carbon fiber legs.
Her original prostheses never fit perfectly, causing her pain and great difficulty when walking. So, with the financial help of their community, Ellie May’s parents took her to Dorset Orthopaedic where doctors designed an extra small pair of carbon fiber legs—the same type of prostheses used by Olympic sprinters—costing about $15,000.
She’ll need a new pair of legs every two years as she grows up.
But while doctors were originally worried that she’d have a tough time balancing on her new limbs, Ellie May is moving twice as fast as she did before. And as one specialist put it, “Within seconds of having them on, she was off. It will change her life.”
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One Response to “5 Year Old Amputee Now Has High Performance Carbon Fiber Legs”
wow that’s a really sad story 🙁 Seeing that little girl with her legs and arms amputated :(( Anyway, she looks very happy though 🙂
The prostheses look very well and they fit the little girl’s legs but are kind of expensive 😀 wow 15000$ that’s a lot of money. I hope they will invent something that will replace completely the legs and give the patient a human looking one 🙂