Computerized Prosthetics Allow Little Girl Who Lost Limbs to Meningitis to Run Around
She is making history as the youngest person in the world to receive a new type of prosthetics with computerized knees.
Computerized prosthetics are allowing a little girl in the United Kingdom without arms or legs to run around.
Harmonie Rose Hall, 8, contracted meningitis as a baby.
When sepsis ravaged her little body, doctors amputated Harmonie’s arms, legs and the tip of her nose to save her life.
Now, she is making history as the youngest person in the world to receive a new type of prosthetics with computerized knees.
Freya Hall is Harmonie Hall’s mom and told CBS News, "As long as she can hold on she's able to climb stairs with these on."
"By the end of the week, she was walking independently,” she added. “You can't explain the feeling, really, because it was just so lovely!"
The prosthetics reduce Harmonie’s risk of falling, with small computers and sensors that detect motion and change resistance using hydraulics.
And Harmonie and her 8-year-old’s level of energy is putting the prosthetics to work.
"She's an active girl. I think we last measured her at two and a half thousand steps a day, which for a bilateral amputee, that's just amazing,” physiotherapist Mary Tebb told CBS News.
With this technology, Harmonie can walk and run into a very active future.
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