Amelia Eldred is only 8 years old, but she’s already been through way more than your average 2nd grader.
After being diagnosed with bone cancer, the Staffordshire, England child was forced to have the lower portion of her leg amputated. Not long after, she underwent a rare procedure called a rotationplasty that allowed doctors to reattach the lower part of her leg backwards so that she can use a prosthetic limb. With all of the surgeries behind her for now, the brave little fighter has finally been cleared to return to school, and she couldn’t wait to show off her new leg.
As Amelia enters the room, her classmates stare at her with open mouths as they take in the sight of her new prosthetic limb. It must have been a strange sight for these young kids, but they know how much Amelia has been through and they’re nothing but eager to welcome her back into the fold.
Soon they all jump from their desks and rush over to where Amelia stands on her new leg. The hug starts small with just a few girls holding her, but soon it grows.
… And grows, and grows.
Within seconds, every child in the classroom has joined together in a massive group hug with a smiling Amelia right at the center. Both girls and boys are so glad to see their classmate, and they’re all in awe of the strength it must have taken their friend to get there that day.
Children often seem to have an innate sense of empathy that simply can’t be topped. When one little boy is asked to describe how glad he is to see Amelia back on her feet again, he gives a simple but lovely answer: “To go through all this and to come this far, I think she’s amazing. Aren’t ya?”
“Yeah, I guess,” a giggling Amelia admits.
“Yeah, she’s a superstar,” he adds.
We couldn’t agree more! We’re so glad you’re back on the road to wellness, Amelia! Having a group of compassionate friends by your side will surely speed up the healing process. Welcome back to school, kiddo.
Watch Amelia making her grand entrance with her new prosthetic leg below, and be sure to share.
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