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Lillie was given hours to live, now she's taking her first steps

Lillie Mai. Photo:

A little girl from Maryport is taking her first steps on prosthetic limbs, after both of her legs and one arm were amputated.

When she was a baby, Lillie Mai's parents were told she had hours to live.

Baby Lillie Mai.

That made her first birthday even more special - for her, her parents and all those who were able to celebrate.

Lillie's birthday celebrations were even more special.

£60,000 was raised at her first birthday, and she now has three new artificial legs, the first she's been able to use successfully.

Absolutely amazing. I can't describe it. I really can't. It's the best thing ever. I never, ever, thought we'd see her walk. To see her walk is out of this world. It's something we've dreamed for and wished for her since she was first poorly."

– Lillie's mum
Lillie is now walking by herself.

There's still a long way to go: as she grows up she'll need more sophisticated ones that can bend at the knee.

But for now, her parents are delighted that she has made the most significant step forward in her recovery.