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Six-year-old amputee makes waves in swimming lessons

Lillie-Mai Jackson looks forward to swimming in her local pool Photo: ITV Border

A six-year-old girl who had both legs and her left arm amputated as a baby has developed a new love for swimming.

Lillie-Mai Jackson contracted meningitis when she was only a few weeks old and doctors advised her family to switch off her life support machine.

Lillie-Mai in the pool Credit: ITV Border

Her swimming instructor says she has now beaten all odds by learning how to swim:

I just sort of dropped her in. She came up and she was coughing and spluttering. And I thought oh no, I've put her off, she's not going to want to come back anymore. But she's a pretty determined little girl and we've never looked back since.

– Shirley McLean, Swimming Instructor at Arkleby Leisure Centre
Lillie-Mai has learnt to walk using prosthetic legs Credit: ITV Border

Lillie-Mai learned how to walk using prosthetics legs last year, and so far her family have raised £100,000 to get her a pair of bionic legs, in which she'll be able to run.

Lillie-Mai's mother hopes she'll one day make Cumbria proud:

To be told, she wasn't going to live and now to see her swim is absolutely amazing, it's awesome. She just doesn't stop, she doesn't fail to amaze us at all. I hope one day she'll be in the Paralympics and she'll do Cumbria proud.

– Belinda Little, Lillie-Mai's mother