When Harmonie-Rose Ivy Allen of Bath, England, was only 10 months old, she was diagnosed with meningitis B and given a 10 percent chance of survival. The little one managed to beat the odds, but at a high price. Both of her arms and legs were amputated just ten days after she took her first steps.
"There's nothing you can't love about her. She's beautiful, funny, smart
and she never gives up. She is just so loving," Harmonie's mother, Freya Hall, . "She is quite upfront, too. I have seen her introduce herself to another child by saying, 'I'm Harmonie and I have no hands.'"
With her third birthday approaching in the fall, Freya decided to get her a very special gift. She enlisted the help of a friend in New York to get an "American Doll" from their flagship store in Manhattan. This doll was special, because it didn't have any arms or legs, just like Harmonie.
"Harmonie has never seen another quadruple amputee, so it's amazing to
show her that she's not the only one," Freya said. "I'm hoping it will
encourage her to go on her prosthetic legs a little more too. At the
moment, Harmonie sees her legs more as a hindrance rather than something
that will help her."
Once the doll made its way to England, Freya couldn't wait to give her little girl this special gift. Needless to say, Harmonie was elated.
"She just said, 'Mummy, she's just like me,'" Freya said. "She loves to take the arms and the legs off and they love to sit next to each other without the prosthetics on."
You can follow Harmonie's progress on her .