This Christmas, Grace Matthews received the best present she could wish for; 2 Mini BladeXT prosthetic feet designed by British prosthetic manufacturer Blatchford, which have been specially painted a vivid shade of pink. Grace is thrilled that she can race around and keep up with her friends for the first time in 3 years.
Grace Matthews was 4 when she was rushed to hospital with a temperature, sickness and rash that started on her thigh and chest. To save her life, doctors amputated both of Grace’s legs below the knee, her fingers, half the thumb on her left hand and half her right palm.
Mark Ledger, Principle Prosthetist at Blatchford Private Clinic, who fitted Grace’s new prostheses said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to fit these fantastic blades to Grace. The blades are designed for everyday use, not just running, so will help Grace achieve a higher level of activity all the time. She is an inspiration to everyone who meets her and deserves the very best prosthetics available to help her to live like any other 7-year-old girl.”
Grace’s Mum, Vicky, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Blatchford for providing Grace with these prosthetic limbs which will allow her to run and keep up with her friends again. She is such a fun-loving, active girl and loves horse-riding, cycling and riding her scooter. She is also very girly and loves to dress up and look nice – we are so proud of her, this really is a dream come true.”
Vicky and Brian, Grace’s parents, lived every parent’s nightmare when Grace was diagnosed with Meningococcal Septicaemia. “It’s so important to be aware of the risks of meningitis. We urge parents to trust their gut instinct if their child displays any of the signs and symptoms as several hours can make the difference between life and death. Grace inspires us every day with her strength and resilience and we want to give hope to other families who may be at the start of their meningitis journey.”
The adult BladeXT was launched in 2013 and has been incredibly popular with active amputees. The traction heel gives extra stability and the C-shaped spring gives excellent running response. Grace’s new pink mini blades enable her to dash around the playground with her friends.