Girl born with one hand gets £10k bionic limb to finally open Christmas presents
A girl born without a hand has been given the Christmas present of her dreams – a bionic limb.
Lexi Pitchford, 10, is now looking forward to opening her gifts and getting stuck into a traditional festive roast – both things she has previously struggled to do.
The youngster was born without a right hand and, although she learned to adapt, found everyday tasks such as holding a pen and brushing her teeth difficult.
But life will be very different for Lexi now, thanks to her new custom-made Hero Arm from Open Bionics – which arrived just in time for Christmas.
Mum Emma Mountford said: “It’s completely changed Lexi’s life.
“Lexi’s always been the last to open her presents as she struggled to get into them. Now she has her bionic arm, she can’t wait to rip off the wrapping paper.
“The arm has given her a massive confidence boost and a chance for independence.”
Initially, Lexi’s family thought the £10,000 prosthetic would be way out of their reach – but they started crowdfunding online and smashed their target in less than 24 hours.
Lexi was lucky enough to receive a grant through the Open Bionics Foundation and an anonymous donor also came forward.
Emma, 38, said: “The support was incredible – Lexi’s school held fundraisers and local businesses chipped in.
“The money was raised in no time, thanks to the kind donor.”
Emma and her partner Lee also set up a GoFundMe page to raise a further £2,300 to cover the arm’s warranty and now the mum of four can’t imagine Lexi without her bionic limb.
“She absolutely loves it,” she said. “There were lots of smiles when she opened it.
“She is practising gripping pens and being able to hold cups. She’s going from strength to strength.
“Hopefully she’ll be able to grip cutlery in time for Christmas dinner.”
Emma found out at her 20-week scan that Lexi was missing her right hand.
The mum said: “There was no rhyme or reason – Lexi just never developed the arm. When she was born, she didn’t really notice but it has affected her growing up.”
Lexi started feeling more self-conscious about her arm when she started school – but is now determined to help others like her.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help buy a Hero Arm for another girl who was born without an arm, eight-year-old Ruby Cudy.
Emma, from Abbey Hulton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, added: “Lexi really wanted to help another child in need. Hopefully we can get the funds for the new year.”