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"How my bionic hands made me a normal teenager"

Point of View is an ITV News series where we invite people to share their life experiences and what they've learned from them.

13-year-old Tilly Lockey lost her hands when she was a baby due to meningitis. Now, she dedicates her life to raising awareness of the disease and helps to develop prosthetic limbs for children. This is her story.

"When I got to the hospital, they basically said I had zero per cent chance of survival."

– Tilly Lockey

Tilly's life has been well-documented since she was a baby. She says this has given her the freedom to walk down the street without getting stared at all the time, and without the need to repeat her story.

Tilly doesn't remember life before she lost her hands Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Over the years, she has been given bionic arms and now has tailor-made limbs, made on a 3D printer by Open Bionics. They are the first medically-approved prosthetics of their kind in Britain - and allow precise and delicate movements.

Tilly says although she has always been very independent, she is finding new things to do with her bionic hands every day, like paint, apply makeup and even crack an egg. Things that some people, with two working hands, may take for granted.

Despite her young age, and having already overcome so many obstacles, Tilly is looking forward to the future.

So what's next? One thing on her list is passing her driving test.

ITV Tyne Tees has filmed with Tilly since she was a toddler