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Schoolgirl has leg reattached backwards after cancer surgery

Amelia with her mum after surgery Photo: BPM Media

A seven-year-old girl who lost her leg after being diagnosed with bone cancer, has had it reattached - backwards.

Amelia Eldred from Tamworth was diagnosed with an osteosarcoma in her left leg in August last year. She underwent three five-week chemotherapy sessions, then surgery to amputate the affected limb.

Her hobbies include swimming, athletics, running and bike riding, and she has vowed that one day she will dance on stage again. Fundraisers have now got together to try to help her achieve her dream.

Amelia had many hobbies before her surgery Credit: BPM Media

Surgery to remove the tumour took place at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital using a rare procedure called rotationplasty. It involves the leg being amputated high up her thigh, then the lower leg reattached the wrong way.

It means her heel will eventually work as a knee joint, and he foot slipping into a prosthetic.

Amelia has now started another cycle of chemo and has one more cycle to go, plus day clinic treatment till the end of the year.

Following her surgery she is healing very well and amazing the doctors with how quickly she is moving the adapted leg and foot.

– Michelle Eldred, Amelia's mum
Amelia is recovering well from her surgery Credit: BPM Media

The surgery happened in January and a scan has shown her bones are fusing together well.

It's expected Amelia will be able to put weight on her leg in around three months' time, when she could also have a prosthesis fitted.

But her family are trying to raise £30,000 so she can have specially made 'blades' as her prosthesis, which would be more practical for all the activities she likes to do.

Amelia has always been an active child, she attended various clubs: swimming, athletics at school, street dancing, ballet and tap, acrobatics and gymnastics. In addition she loves riding her bike and running!

She dreams one day to return to dancing and perform on a stage. She was looking to join a new gymnastics club in Tamworth, before her diagnosis. I do believe that Amelia will aspire to her dreams. She is very determined and everyone that knows her and has met her at both the Orthopaedic and Birmingham Children’s Hospital are amazed by her courage and positivity through her journey so far. She talks of how her new leg will enable her to travel the world one day and maybe even enter the Paralympics! People ask how we cope, but we take our lead from Amelia, she has been so positive about all this. She has been so brave through all this – just before her surgery she waved to her leg and said ‘bye, bye tumour, see you loser!’ After her surgery, one of the nurses overheard her say to another child: ‘there’s nothing wrong with being different!’ We’ve tried to keep everything as normal as possible, so daddy stills goes to work, mummy works from hospital when she’s in here and Amelia goes to school when she is able to.

– Michelle Eldred, Amelia's mum