Izzy, a school girl from Derby, was rushed to hospital in an ambulance at the age of 7 after contracting meningococcal septicemia. Her condition was particularly serious leaving Izzy with less than a 1% chance of survival and resulted in amputation to parts of both her arms and legs, making Izzy a quadruple amputee.
Now 15-year old Izzy, who enjoys spending time with her friends and learning new things like any other teenager, has been using her pink Mini BladeXT’s for around 4 years. She was first fitted with them at the age of 11 and they have helped her to get on and enjoy her life ever since.
Mini BladeXT is a lower limb prosthetic designed specifically for paediatric patients offering outstanding performance, ground compliance and improved comfort through the split toe and traction sole, while its C-shaped toe spring is primed for optimal energy response. So whether it’s going to school, spending time with friends, running, cycling or taking part in other sports Mini BladeXT covers it all. And with its fun designs in dazzling pink or electric blue it’s the perfect choice for even the most demanding user, offering security and confidence in every step.
Izzy found that her pink Mini BladeXT’s made a significant difference to her life. Izzy commented, “Firstly, I can stand still which I couldn’t do on any other blades. I have much better balance and the grip on the sole of the Mini BladeXT means I hardly trip or slip which is great.”
Shortly after being fitted with her Mini BladeXT’s Izzy started trampolining with her friends, after a few weeks she realised how good she was and has since won 1st place in all of the competitions she has entered! Practicing weekly on her skills, Izzy’s aim is to improve her overall performance. Not only does Izzy see the difference in her everyday life but her friends and family do too, and commented “we love them, especially the cool design.” Her family see the difference that Mini BladeXT has made to Izzy’s life in terms of what she can do and how they aid her independence.
Izzy’s Mini BladeXT’s have enabled her to achieve anything she wants; “They are perfect for me as I can do everything I need to in them. I can run, walk and trampoline all in one pair of legs which I love”. Next on Izzy’s agenda is learning to be a racing car driver which is an amazing challenge and she is super excited about it. Izzy will begin to learn through a simulated driving experience and then build up to learning on the track.
Izzy is determined to be independent and she hopes to continue to inspire others to live life to the fullest. Izzy believes that “You are always able to achieve your dreams; you just may be faced with a few additional challenges as an amputee, but if you stay determined and never give up you can do anything”. For more information about Izzy click here to visit her YouTube Channel and follow her inspiring journey.