Colne parents’ joy as double amputee Louie, two, walks for the first time (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Colne parents’ joy as double amputee Louie, two, walks for the first time
A BRAVE little boy, who lost his legs after a deadly battle with meningitis, has defied all the odds to take his first steps.
Two-year-old Louie Jenkins used prosthetic legs to walk unaided across the living room at his home in Colne.
And his six-year-old sister Francessca encouraged him using sweets on the other side of the room.
Parents Julie and Warren Jenkins, of Chatham Street, Colne, said seeing Louie walking on his own was a ‘fantastic moment’.
Julie, 30, said: “Over the last two to three weeks he had been getting more confident on his legs and we did sense that this moment could be coming.
“He has had some problems since having his prosthetic legs, he had chickenpox and eczema which have set him back, but he has been making really good progress recently.
“It was a fantastic moment when he walked on his own, it was so emotional for all of us. I was holding him on one side of the room and his dad and sister were on the other side with a bag of sweets. The sweets obviously worked.
“It has been noticeable that he has been getting more confident, I’ve seen him standing up and holding on to things to pull himself along recently which suggested he was getting used to his legs.”
Louie had his legs amputated below the knee when he was just six months old. He also had all his fingers on his left hand and the finger tips on his right hand amputated after his battle with meningitis early in 2012.
In June last year he was fitted with his prosthetic legs at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds.
Julie hopes that Louie’s first unaided steps will give him more confidence to use them in the future.
She said: “He has a frame that he has been using, but being able to walk on the legs will open up so many more avenues. Now he knows he is able to do it we hope it will give him the confidence to try them more often.
“Hopefully he will now see them as more of a help than a hindrance.”
Louie’s family set up the Little LAMB (Louie’s Amazing Meningitis Battle) appeal to help buy equipment needed to support him as he grows.
They haven't done much fundraising this year as they have focused on moving house, but are now starting again as they seek to raise money for a specialist downstairs wet room and bedroom for Louie.
“We’ve had a visit from an architect to look at the work,” said Julie. “We’ve not had any quotes yet but we think we will need to raise £30,000 for it.
“It will give him more freedom and make life much easier. It is getting difficult for him in the bath now and the wet room will help that, and a downstairs bedroom will mean he won’t need help getting upstairs to his bedroom.”
The family have organised a Halloween fun day on Saturday, October 26, to raise money for the appeal. The event will run from 2pm to 5pm at the Muni, in Colne, and will feature a range of events.
For more information on the fundraising visit www.facebook.com/LittleLAMBAppeal.
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