One-year-old Harmonie-Rose Allen was struck by a bout of meningitis in September just 10 days after she walked for the first time. Doctors warned her parents their daughter had a 10% chance of surviving but the tiny tot fought the disease.
Sadly, in her struggle against it, Harmonie-Rose was forced to endure a surgery in which doctors had to amputate both her arms and legs as well as the tip of her nose. She has undergone 10 operations but is finally on the road to recovery and is now learning to crawl again.
The Daily Mail has more on this amazing little girl and her fight for life:
This incredible photograph shows the moment a one-year-old girl who lost her arms and legs to meningitis learns to crawl.
Harmonie-Rose Allen became a quadruple amputee shortly after taking her first ever steps. Doctors told her parents Freya Hall and Ross Allen their only daughter had one of the worst cases of the virus they had ever seen.
Harmonie was given a one in ten chance of survival and spent her first birthday in intensive care as her limbs were removed in a series of operations. Doctors were also forced to remove the tip of her nose and warned her parents she could suffer long-term vision and learning problems.
The youngster’s plight touched the hearts of thousands of people who have already raised £100,000 to help her cope with life without arms or legs.
Her family say she is facing the challenge with remarkable good nature – as these first photos show.
Last week Harmonie opened the first door of her advent calendar, with the help of her mother, and has even been painting her own Christmas card with the help of a special attachment.
Miss Hall, 20, said: ‘She has such a strong character and its beginning to come back now, she knows what she wants. ‘She has got her smile back. Ross and I are extremely proud of Harmonie. She has come so far and fought so hard to be here with us.”
“We will make her life as amazing, and fulfilling as we can. She’s our perfect little princess and she will always be perfect. To be told that she had 10 per cent chance of survival and to be here now is incredible and means so much to us how hard she’s fought. I don’t know what I would do without her.”
Anyone wishing to donate to the cause should visit her Just Giving page here.