​Little Girl Who Lost Both Arms And Legs Enjoys A Bit Of Festive Ice Skating

Three-year-old Harmonie-Rose Allen lost her arms and legs after contracting meningitis as a baby, when she almost died and was given a 10 percent chance of survival.

But she's looking really well, after hitting up the ice rink with her family this Christmas - despite clinicians saying she it might be difficult for Harmonie to manage on ice. She proved them all wrong, and handled it like a total pro.

The little girl donned a Christmassy jumper as she enjoyed a festive day out with her family, taking to the synthetic ice rink - a 'Glice Rink' - at the Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park in Keynsham, Somerset.

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Her parents, Freya and Ross, said that Harmonie had used liners on the ends of her legs to slide across the ice, which were fitted at the NHS Bristol Centre For Enablement.

Even with doctors advising her parents that Harmonie could still struggle on ice, she seemed to take to the ice like a natural.

"The liners she is wearing have special padding on the bottom so she doesn't slip," Harmonie's mother, Freya, told the Mail Online.

"Harmonie doesn't yet like wearing prosthetics all the time so it's great to get her upright and straight."

The prosthetics are the first pair that her parents have bought privately since doctors had to amputate Harmonie's arms and legs to save her life. Apparently the liners are useful while she's still not too keen on wearing her prosthetics.

"When she isn't wearing the prosthetics the liners help her develop the walking motion and build her muscles up," Freya continued.

When they were initially fitted, her mum said it was 'amazing' to watch her daughter walk into nursery.

After being struck down by the killer meningitis bug in September 2015 when she was just nine months old, Harmonie was given a 10 percent chance of survival. Doctors even said it was one of the worst cases they'd ever seen, and she had to have all of her limbs amputated in order to save her life.

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But now it seems she's fighting fitter than ever, and her parents also took to the Hope 4 Harmonie Facebook page to share their happiness. They said: "No such word as can't!

"Harmonie and her family wish you all a Merry Christmas!! And all the best for 2018."

She needs new prosthetic legs every six-to-nine months - continuing with simple, straight legs before she's able to move onto jointed versions with knees. By the way she was able to ace that ice rink, it looks like the next stage can't be too far away.

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Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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