Rosie Davies loves to hop onto her skateboard and zoom up and down the street, despite having had both her legs amputated
Bubbly Rosie Davies loves to hop onto her board and zoom up and down the street, showing off her latest tricks to pals.
And like most children the active seven-year-old loves playing games, enjoys swimming, and dreams of having a bike for Christmas.
But Rosie is not like most children
“I called her my little Buddha because of the way her legs were,” explained mum Mandy Collett, 47, who is also Rosie’s full-time carer.
“I knew there was something wrong when I was pregnant, but no one would listen to me.
“When Rosie was born I was told that she would be stuck on a bean bag all her life. But she has proved everyone wrong.
“Since the surgery I’ve seen a dramatic difference. She can now stand up on her skateboard, pushing herself along, and even does tricks.
“She can see the world around her and the most important thing is she can join in playing with her friends.”
Rosie attends the mainstream Busill Jones Primary School, in Bloxwich, which has been specially adapted for her.
The plucky youngster, whose nine-year-old sister Mia-Alice attends the school, hit the headlines two years ago when she had the operation.
When she was born doctors had discovered that five bones which made up part of her spine were missing, leaving a 10cm gap in her backbone.
The rare spinal condition meant her organs, including kidneys, were in danger of slowly being crushed which could have had fatal consequences.
In the 13-hour operation Rosie’s legs were amputated below the knee and a section of bone was taken to bridge the gap in her spine. Two metal rods were then bolted to the upper spine and the hips to provide extra support.
Since the surgery, the youngster has suffered a set back when she developed an infection. It led to a kidney being removed along with the two metal rods last year.
Mandy added: “The doctors were worried that her back wouldn’t be strong enough, but it is better than it was before. They are very pleased with her progress.
“Rosie hasn’t had any physiotherapy. At the moment they don’t think her hips would be strong enough for her to have prosthetic limbs.
“But she doesn’t let anything stop her and enjoys dance at school and goes swimming. Her amazing upper body strength has come from her doing the things she wants to do with her skateboard. She can walk on her hands too and does cartwheels.