When the will to do what you love overcomes adversity, it becomes the sweetest victory…
Meet this lovely young lady, Anu. She is just seven years old, but she is very strong and the most brilliant dancer.
Anu was born prematurely at 33 weeks. Complications with the umbilical chord resulted in the loss of her leg. Her left arm was paralyzed and Anu had difficulty breathing. After 17 months in the hospital Anu was released and at the age of 3 was give her first prosthetic for her leg.
By the age of 7, Anu was gifted with a new, up-to-date prosthetic blade.
NHS injected £1.5 million worth of funding to provide children with new prosthetic limbs. This new prosthetic was a total upgrade from Anu’s original artificial limb, which was much heavier.
Anu, seven-years-old, happy and smiling with her new gifted pink sports blade and a pink sock
When local BBC cameras caught the moment when she unveiled the prosthetic to her impressed friends, she joyfully ran around the playground in her yellow dress as light as a butterfly!
All Anu wants to do is dance!
Anu says: “Pink is my favorite color. It makes me run faster and do my street dancing. It has the sock to make it comfortable.”
Many celebs have seen Anu’s video,“They have all said lovely, kind things about it,” said Anu’s proud parents.
Dad Anirban, 41, said, “The video of Anu showing her school friends her new and improved leg was very emotional for us to watch, it brought a tear to our eyes. But the response from everyone else has been amazing. It has taken us by surprise.
Anu loves playing with her friends and the way they respond to her says a lot about how much they care about her.
Her dad says, “The school has been so accepting of us and Anu’s disability. She even has her own special teacher, who helps her if she needs anything.“ Anu can only wear the blade for sporting activities and has to swap back to her normal prosthetic in between. The teacher helps her do this.
Apparently, Anu’s school is very good and sympathetic towards Anu, for which her parents are very grateful.
Anu dancing to her heart’s content with her new blade, which helps her when learning new steps.
Anirban, an account director for an IT firm, added, “She received the running blade at the beginning of April. It has given her a new lease of confidence.”
Anupran, her 13-year-old brother is very happy that they are able to share more time playing together now and make up for lost time.
“I would like to see her go on to do wonders now. I’m so proud of her,” says her brother.
Anu, visits the West Midlands Rehabilitation Centre regularly ever since receiving her first leg. It was the center who told the family about the funding.
The money was allocated for new research and was introduced to ensure children have access to activity prosthetics that allow them to run and swim.
Around £500,000 of the funding was dedicated solely to new sports prosthetics for 500 children.
The emotional video made by BBC Midlands Today showed friends rushing over to greet her and within seconds ask, “Is that your new pink leg?”
It even touched the hearts of celebrities as they took to Twitter to share their positive messages. Former Westlife singer Brain McFadden wrote: “You see! Not all news has to be bad. Sometimes good things happen. Bless this little angel.”
Such a wonderful happening in a child’s life, who was born with a disadvantage. Now with the help and positive input from everyone, she is able to enjoy her fun filled magical years to the full!