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GENERAL CATEGORY => General Discussion => Topic started by: Steve C on April 16, 2009, 05:00:28 AM

Title: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: Steve C on April 16, 2009, 05:00:28 AM
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: herb on April 16, 2009, 07:50:21 AM
Life can be so unfair. She looks like she has the spirit needed for the difficulties she will be facing. It makes the difficulties most of us face seem pretty minor. Herb
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: ann on April 16, 2009, 11:33:48 PM
 :'( :'(   What alittle sweetheart!!
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: Ally on April 17, 2009, 03:31:11 AM
Aw, little poppet!

She looks like she's got the spirit to get through this....and teach loads of people life-lessons while she goes along.

Thanks for sharing this special story.
 :)
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: ann on April 17, 2009, 02:58:48 PM
Aw, little poppet!

She looks like she's got the spirit to get through this....and teach loads of people life-lessons while she goes along.

Thanks for sharing this special story.
 :)


Ally,

What does the avatar mean?  It looks as if someone is falling out of a wheelchair { but what is the meaning}   ???
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: stinker373 on April 17, 2009, 07:58:35 PM
Wow what a story.  Glad to hear she is being taken care of.
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: Ally on April 24, 2009, 05:29:12 AM


Ally,

What does the avatar mean?  It looks as if someone is falling out of a wheelchair { but what is the meaning}   ???


LOL - dare I say it...............  sh*t happens......my sense of humour often leaves a lot to be desired.

Eish, sorry........ ::)
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: ann on April 24, 2009, 09:33:26 AM


Ally,

What does the avatar mean?  It looks as if someone is falling out of a wheelchair { but what is the meaning}   ???


LOL - dare I say it...............  sh*t happens......my sense of humour often leaves a lot to be desired.

Eish, sorry........ ::)




Hey Ally, don't be sorry....I was just wondering if it meant what I though it did.  And I love your sense of humour   {sh*t}  does happen.   ;)
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: Minerva on April 24, 2009, 11:46:43 AM
I think the story is lovely (thanks for posting it, Steve) and she's a pretty little thing, but ... I hate to say this, but ... how are they going to afford a lifetime of cheetah's?  ???
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: pegleg jack on April 24, 2009, 04:04:16 PM
Minerva, if i am not wrong those cheetah's up to a point be transferred to a new or her next set of legs providing there is no cracks in the carbon fiber that they are made of, and at some point in time yes i feel that she is going to have to have a bigger set made, and a person at here age and growing like they do, it will cost a fortune to keep up with her, in sockets alone,
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: Steve C on April 24, 2009, 06:04:03 PM
I think the story is lovely (thanks for posting it, Steve) and she's a pretty little thing, but ... I hate to say this, but ... how are they going to afford a lifetime of cheetah's?  ???

I obviously don't know for sure, but I'd say she would have cheetahs for a maybe a few years more. At her age she'll need something to run around in, but they aren't really designed for just walking. I would think she's get 'regular' legs at some point.
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: Ally on April 24, 2009, 10:41:43 PM
Playing devil's advocate..................they better keep her going......oh yes, they must.

You SO don't do this and then disappear.

<hopes valiantly>

 :-X
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: Minerva on April 25, 2009, 07:52:25 AM
Jack & Steve ~ yes, they could transfer the cheetahs between limbs if there was no damage, but it would depend upon her weight (components are usually prescribed with activity levels and weight in mind) ... she's going to grow, so her weight will increase.

My concern is that her current limbs are from Dorset Orthopaedic, which are a private company. When she out grows those limbs, what will happen then? The NHS is pretty short of cash (some centres won't prescribe Farabloc and many won't prescribe C-legs, even to bilateral AK's), so I do wonder if cheetahs at her age are a good idea? I mean, it's bad enough learning to walk on conventional limbs, but to learn to walk and run on cheetahs and then suddenly not to have them ... it's cruel IMHO.

But, there again, I suppose a lifetime's fundraising may help?  ;) 
Title: Re: 5 year old Ellie May has a spring in her step with 'Cheetah' legs
Post by: Annie on April 28, 2009, 08:41:13 AM
Jack & Steve ~ yes, they could transfer the cheetahs between limbs if there was no damage, but it would depend upon her weight (components are usually prescribed with activity levels and weight in mind) ... she's going to grow, so her weight will increase.

My concern is that her current limbs are from Dorset Orthopaedic, which are a private company. When she out grows those limbs, what will happen then? The NHS is pretty short of cash (some centres won't prescribe Farabloc and many won't prescribe C-legs, even to bilateral AK's), so I do wonder if cheetahs at her age are a good idea? I mean, it's bad enough learning to walk on conventional limbs, but to learn to walk and run on cheetahs and then suddenly not to have them ... it's cruel IMHO.

But, there again, I suppose a lifetime's fundraising may help?  ;) 


I kind of share your concerns Minerva, and have seen a few children in this part of the world who have had money raised for them to buy limbs from different private companies.  Do worry what happens when the money runs out,  and perhaps the possibility of being unable to have the type of limbs which enabled certain activities or were cosmetically superior, maybe when they are hitting their teenage years.

Actually witnessed something similar to this within the NHS quite a few years back when new types of feet were being introduced, and a teenager was told she could no longer to have the type of foot that enabled her to do a certain activity - because they didn't make it in an adult size which she at that point needed.

That said though, I have sat in a few fittings rooms myself unable to get comfortable limbs, and as a parent if it was one of my children needing limbs which the NHS could not deliver on, I think I would also be seeking alternatives for them to have the best that they could have to make them mobile and would probably be thinking more short term than long term.

Just hope they can keep the fundraising going for her.