A 14-year-old athlete who chose to have her leg amputated so she could chase her Paralympics dream has been described by her surgeons as a “remarkable young woman with unbelievable willpower and determination”.
Danielle Bradshaw has mastered her special blades but has told how she learnt to run on them before she could walk.
Danielle, from Manchester, is dreaming of taking part in Rio 2016 after learning to use a prosthetic limb and running blade.
The teenager was born with developmental dysplasia of her hips and a dislocated right knee.
This condition made her hips dislocate and one of her legs unstable.
Danielle made headlines in 2010 when she chose to have her dysfunctional right leg amputated.
She said at the time she was inspired by the achievements of wounded British soldiers and did not want to spend the rest of her life “dragging her useless limb behind her”.
The operation took place at the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield, where she has continued to be treated.
Last year, Danielle was admitted to hospital for two weeks following a serious car crash on her way home from a hospital appointment in Manchester and then suffered another major setback when paralysis confined her to a wheelchair.
But now she has learned to use her walking and running blades and recently won gold medals in 60m and 100m sprints and bronzes for shot put and discus in a regional competition in Manchester.
Source: ITV News
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