This is wonderful!
Louie Jenkins contracted meningitis when he was just four months old — and it led to the doctors having to amputate both of this legs, because he was critically ill.
Now, just in time for his first birthday, Louie has gotten the most exciting present: brand new prosthetic legs!!
His parents have very high hopes that he'll soon take his first steps, ready to walk with the best of them!
Here's what his parents said:
'It was so weird looking at the legs and thinking that Louie will learn to walk with them on. We were so nervous before he got them. We were worried that he may not like them or feel uncomfortable. We didn’t want to have to encourage him to wear them if he didn’t want them on. We put his trousers on the legs and we were told to buy shoes to be placed on the feet.'
'When he first had them put on, he grabbed the shoes and smiled. We were so pleased. He was so comfortable in them that he fell asleep wearing them in the car on the way home. He looks much older now he has the legs because he is taller. He always seemed much younger than his sister Francesca was at this age but now he seems more like a toddler than a baby. We have been told to let him lead us with how much time he wants to spend wearing the legs. If he wants to wear them for a little as half an hour a day we will let him.
'We are hoping that, if he wants to, he may be able to crawl with them. We have been told that we need to encourage him to walk wearing them in just the same way that we would any other child.'
Just look at his little face!! He's SO happy!
Unfortunately they can't keep buying him new legs as he grows, so the next ones they might have to save up for if he wants to play sports some day — ones that cost about 7,000 euros per leg.
Right now, though, he looks as happy as can be!
[Image via Cascade News.]