Five-Year Old Tests Hi-Tech Legs


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Five-year old Ellie Challis from Little Clacton, Essex has had tough start to life. Struck with meningitis when she was just 16 months old, she had to have both her legs and hands amputated to stay alive.

Though she was fitted with prosthetic legs soon after, she found them too painful and could bear them for only 20 minutes a day. A replacement pair with flexible knee joints, proved to be only slightly better.

Her parents then decided to contact a world-renowned prosthetic limb center in Dorset, where the doctors agreed to make her a junior version of the carbon blades that are currently worn by disabled athletes all over the world - the most famous being South African runner Oscar Pistirious, who holds the world record in 100, 200 and 400 meters running events.(

While Ellie's parents were concerned that the little girl may not be able to balance herself on her new legs, it seems she has taken to them quite well, and can now be seen running around happily with her twin sister! Who knows, she may follow Oscar's footsteps and end up breaking a running record or two, with her spiffy, super-fast new legs.


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  • yumgirly10
    yumgirly10Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 9:28 am
    wow!! She is soo cute
    • jyroligykunixy
      jyroligykunixySunday, September 13, 2020 at 12:23 pm
      • supergirl456
        supergirl456Monday, May 4, 2020 at 9:43 am
        She's a little cutie👶
        • kittenlover770
          kittenlover770Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 5:16 am
          So sad😭
          • angie33
            angie33Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:20 am
            • kittylover8786
              kittylover8786Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm
              Wow that is super interesting!!!
              • ajg16
                ajg16Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                I wonder how she's doing with her prosthetic legs now that she's around 13
                • bekahboo
                  bekahbooMonday, April 24, 2017 at 7:32 am
                  how she has a really good life!
                  • puppy lover1Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 4:35 am
                    I hope she is living a great life right now she is soo cute you now i want to meet her she is adorable but s ssssaddd
                    • tarynw
                      tarynwTuesday, June 21, 2016 at 1:54 pm
                      Awesome she rocks
                      • dude4231
                        dude4231Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 4:54 am
                        she realy does