Lexi along with her dad and mom Lee and Emma (Image: SWNS)
Till now, Lexi Pitchford missed out on some components of the festive season.
The ten-year-old was born with out a proper hand and struggled with gripping cutlery to chop up her personal Christmas dinner and wrapping presents.
However this yr, she’s ticking off all of the issues she’s not been in a position to do earlier than as she obtained a brand new bionic arm final month.
Mum Emma Mountford, 38, was trying into prosthetics earlier this yr to assist her daughter and got here throughout Open Bionics’ ‘Hero Arm’ – a customized made multi-grip bionic limb that prices £10,000.
Lexi’s household began fundraising and, due to a beneficiant donor, they smashed their goal in lower than 24 hours.
And now Lexi desires to assist others in an analogous scenario. She has arrange a GoFundMe for her buddy, Ruby Cuddy, eight, who can be lacking her arm, to boost the funds so she will get her personal in time for the New Yr.
Mum-of-four Emma, from Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, mentioned: ‘Lexi’s at all times been the final to get into her presents as she has struggled to get into them.
‘Now she has her bionic arm, she will’t wait to tear off the wrapping paper as shortly as her sister.
‘The arm has given her an enormous confidence enhance and an opportunity for independence.
‘Hopefully, we can assist carry that pleasure to Ruby too.’
Docs found Lexi’s arm was lacking at Emma’s 20-week-scan. After operating checks, they discovered that the newborn was fully wholesome however her arm had not fashioned correctly within the womb.
Lexi along with her new arm (Image: SWNS)
Emma was intently monitored by way of the being pregnant till Lexi arrived safely on October 14, 2010 at North Staffordshire Hospital.
Emma mentioned: ‘There was no rhyme or purpose – Lexi simply by no means developed the arm.
‘When she was born she didn’t actually discover however it has affected her extra rising up.
‘Her stability wasn’t excellent and he or she would ask why she was completely different to her sister.’
Lexi has struggled to do issues that will contain utilizing two fingers however has learnt to adapt.
She beforehand discovered on a regular basis duties tough – like driving a motorcycle and brushing her tooth.
Lexi had tried prosthetics previously however discovered them cumbersome and most popular to go with out however when Emma seen her daughter was turning into extra self-conscious round her friends, she did some extra analysis.
Lexi has tried prosthetics earlier than however didn’t like them (Image: SWNS)
Emma mentioned: ‘It was a scary time for us however the academics had been actually understanding.
‘She couldn’t take part with some issues at college and PE classes.
‘She’s at an age the place she desires to attempt on make-up and put on fairly garments, however began hiding her arm underneath lengthy sleeves.’
Emma got here throughout an advert for a corporation known as Open Bionics who’ve created the ‘Hero Arm’.
The superior bionic arm claims to be light-weight with multi-grip performance and was a super match for Lexi.
The one drawback was the worth tag – it could price £10,000 to make – so the household set to work elevating the funds.
Lexi was fortunate sufficient to obtain a grant by way of the Open Bionic’s basis and a beneficiant donor.
Lexi’s new arm (Image: SWNS)
The household set-up a GoFundMe to boost an extra £2,300 for the arm’s guarantee and smashed their goal in lower than 24 hours.
Emma mentioned: ‘The assist we had was unbelievable – Lexi’s college held fundraisers and native companies chipped in.
‘The cash was raised very quickly – due to the type donor.’
Lexi’s arm arrived in November 2020 – simply in time for Christmas – and Lexi has been having fun with utilizing it.
Emma mentioned: ‘She completely loves it and there have been numerous smiles when she opened it.
‘She is practising gripping pens and with the ability to maintain cups.
‘Hopefully she’ll be capable to grip cutlery in time for Christmas dinner.’
The household was so overwhelmed with assist they’re now serving to one other little woman elevate the funds to get her personal ‘Hero Arm’.
Eight-year-old Ruby Cudy was additionally born with out an arm and considerate Lexi has set up a GoFundMe page to assist the little woman’s ‘dream come true’.
Emma mentioned: ‘Lexi actually needed to assist one other little one in want.
‘The fundraising goes alright and hopefully we are able to get the funds in time for the brand new yr.
‘We’ve stored Lexi fundraising web page open and something over the guarantee goes to Ruby for her arm.
‘It’s fully modified Lexi’s life.
‘She’s already a lot extra assured and her means with it’s going from energy to energy.’
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