3-year-old Harmonie Rose might just be the bravest little girl we’ve ever seen!
Heartbreakingly, after contracting meningitis at the age of one, Harmonie Rose had her arms, legs and the tip of her nose amputated. But thanks to her infectious personality and the help of prosthetics, she’s still living life to the full.
The lively toddler loves nothing more than painting, trampolining and playing with all her favourite toys.
Haromonie’s mum Freya Allen explains, ‘She’s just like a normal toddler. She loves to sing, she loves to paint, she’s just really happy and she just gets on with it really.’
After being struck down with a potentially deadly strain of meningitis in September 2014, Harmonie was rushed to intensive care and hooked up to a life support machine. Her distraught parents Freya and Ross were told to expect the worst by doctors as Harmonie was given a 10% chance of survival.
Freya explains, ‘we knew that she was going to lose something. We were lucky in one respect because they did tell us she was just going to be a torso.’
‘When you sign that form to say that it’s fine for her to have her arms and legs amputated you almost feel like you’re in the wrong.’
‘You know that it’s the best thing for her because obviously had they not done it, she would have died.’
Since Harmonie was discharged from hospital, the family has been making regular visits to Bristol Children’s Hospital to get prosthetics fitted.
Freya says, ‘Harmonie got her first set of prosthetics last September. They’re just like the same length as her legs but they’ve got a little bit more length. And then she got too big for them so she was given her next pair of legs.’
‘We make sure she wears her prosthetics for an hour a day because obviously we want her to get used to them. She sees them as more of a hindrance than a help at the moment. I think it’s because she’s so young and can get around so quick. She just bum-shuffles everywhere – she’s like a little rocket now! In time she will be able to walk on the end of her legs but she’s just got to get the strength to do that herself.’
As well as her prosthetic legs, Harmonie also has an adapted arm device to help her with everyday tasks such as feeding herself.
Freya explains, ‘when she was younger she was given a cosmetic arm. It just looked like an arm but it didn’t do anything, it had no function. Now she’s got an actual prosthetic arm.’
Despite Harmonie’s determination and bubbly personality, her parents are conscious of the challenges that she might face in the future.
Freya says, ‘she’s started to realise that she is different. Since she started nursery I think she’s starting to realise that they all go to wash their hands – but she goes to wash her arms as well!’
‘One day we were sat downstairs and she said, ‘Mummy, where’s my hand?’ and I said, ‘you don’t need hands.’’
She introduces herself like, ‘hi, I’m Harmonie with no hands!’’
For now, the family is looking forward to a happy and healthy future with their little girl.
Freya says, ‘we just want her to be able to do everything that everyone else can do.’
‘She’s so full of life now that you don’t really think about it and I can’t even imagine her with arms and legs now. She’s just Harmonie.’