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Five-Year-Old Becomes Gymnastics Star After Losing All Four Limbs To Meningitis

A brave five-year-old who lost all four of her limbs is defying her disability by becoming a gymnastics champion.

Harmonie-Rose Allen, from Bath, was given just a ten per cent chance of survival when she was diagnosed with meningitis at just 11-months-old.

Harmonie survived but she was left a quadruple amputee by the illness.

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Since, the five-year-old has defied all odds by taking her first steps on prosthetic legs aged three and walking a half-marathon earlier this year.

Now, Harmonie has taken up gymnastics where she is showing amazing progress. The little one attends weekly classes at Baskervilles Gymnastics in Bath, where she practices without her prosthetic limbs.

Naturally, her mum Freya, 25, is really proud.

"She just asked to do it and we were a bit wary at first," she said.

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"We took her to the Gym Start class and she was a bit nervous to begin with, but since then she's never looked back.

"In terms of the moves and apparatus the coaches help her and she just finds her own way of doing things.

"She's learning how to do a backwards roll at the moment and she can do her own version of a cartwheel."

Freya added: "If Harmonie wants to do something she will put everything into it. That's just Harmonie.

"To begin with some children did look at her a bit in gym class, but she's made so many friends and she's really enjoying it.

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Topics: Life, Life News

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance journalist working for Pretty 52. After graduating from the University of Sussex, Ciara worked as a writer at GLAMOUR Magazine and later as the Assistant Editor of Yahoo Style UK.

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