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Three-year-old boy takes first steps unaided on prosthetic legs

Taylor Lewis had both his legs amputated because of meningitis - but has taken his first unaided steps on his new prosthetic limbs.

Taylor became ill in April 2015, when he was just eight months old.

He was put in a coma for 17 days at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham – with doctors giving him just hours to live, and his family asked to prepare their goodbyes.

But he pulled through, and had one of his legs and both hands amputated.

Then, at the end of last year, he had to have his second leg removed.

Until now, he has been walking with help.

This week he walked by himself for the first time.

I’m over the moon. To say what he’s gone through in his life, this shows he does not let anything stop him. He can do whatever he wants to do now - it’s really built his confidence.I knew this was going to happen, but not for a long time. I didn’t expect it to be so quick.

– Terri Lewsley, Taylor's mum
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Taylor has also had to have reconstruction of his hands following his amputation.

He now has a thumb and a finger, a ‘pincer’ on his right hand, and a thumb on his left hand.

He is able to pick things up, and can also write the letter T.

Terri said: “He is always learning - it’s amazing to see.”