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Girl who lost all her limbs to meningitis goes skating

Brave three-year-old girl who lost both arms and legs in the worst cases of meningitis doctors had ever seen enjoys the festive ice

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  • Harmonie-Rose Allen wore a Christmas sweater as she skated with her family
  • They skated on a synthetic ice rink in Somerset – the first of its kind in the UK
  • Harmonie-Rose was struck down by the killer meningitis bug in September 2015
  • She lost her arms and legs to the virus and has since gotten prosthetics to use

By Kelly Mclaughlin For Mailonline

Published: 19:46 GMT, 27 December 2017 | Updated: 19:47 GMT, 27 December 2017

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A three-year-old girl who lost her arms and legs to meningitis as a baby has been enjoying holiday festivities with her family this winter.

Harmonie-Rose Allen looked festive in a Christmas sweater as she skated on a synthetic ice rink with her family at the Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park in Keynsham, Somerset.

Harmonie was struck down by the killer meningitis bug in September 2015 when she was nine months old with one of the worst cases of the virus doctors had ever seen. She lost her arms and legs to save her life.

Harmonie-Rose Allen looked festive in a Christmas sweater as she skated on a synthetic ice rink with her family at at the Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park in Keynsham, Somerset

Harmonie-Rose Allen looked festive in a Christmas sweater as she skated on a synthetic ice rink with her family at at the Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park in Keynsham, Somerset

Harmonie was struck down by the killer meningitis bug in September 2015 when she was nine months old with one of the worst cases of the virus doctors had ever seen She lost her arms and legs to save her life

Harmonie was struck down by the killer meningitis bug in September 2015 when she was nine months old with one of the worst cases of the virus doctors had ever seen. She lost her arms and legs to save her life

She skated on a Glice Rink in Somerset with her family. The Glice rink - a new synthetic ice surface - is the first of its kind in the UK

She skated on a Glice Rink in Somerset with her family. The Glice rink – a new synthetic ice surface – is the first of its kind in the UK

Now able to walk through the use of prosthetic legs, she skated with her family on a Glice Rink.

A Glice Rink is a new synthetic ice surface, and the one in Somerset is the first in the UK to be installed for skating.

Her parents Freya and Ross said that Harmonie used liners on the ends of her legs to slide across the synthetic ice.

The liners were fitted at the NHS Bristol Centre for Enablement.

Clinicians advised the couple that it might still be difficult for Harmonie to manage on ice, but she took to it like a natural.

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Doctors described the meningitis that Harmonie faced as the one of the worst cases they've ever seen

Harmonie was given a ten per cent chance of survival but pulled through after having all her limbs amputated in order to save her life

Harmonie was given a ten per cent chance of survival but pulled through after having all her limbs amputated in order to save her life

'The liners she is wearing have special padding on the bottom so she doesn't slip,' Harmonie's mother, Freya, said.

She added: 'Harmonie doesn't yet like wearing prosthetics all the time so it's great to get her upright and straight.

'When she isn't wearing the prosthetics the liners help her develop the walking motion and build her muscles up.'

The prosthetics are the first pair her parents have bought privately since doctors removed Harmonie's arms and legs to save her life.

Harmonie used liners on the ends of her legs to slide across the synthetic ice. The liners were fitted at the NHS Bristol Centre for Enablement

Harmonie used liners on the ends of her legs to slide across the synthetic ice. The liners were fitted at the NHS Bristol Centre for Enablement

Clinicians advised the couple that it might still be difficult for Harmonie to manage on ice, but she took to it like a natural

Clinicians advised the couple that it might still be difficult for Harmonie to manage on ice, but she took to it like a natural

When they were fitted Freya said it was 'just amazing' to be able to walk her little girl into nursery.

Writing on the Hope 4 Harmonie Facebook page about the skating trip, her parents said: 'No such word as can't!

'Harmonie and her family wish you all a Merry Christmas!! And all the best for 2018.'

More than two years ago the Bath community rallied to raise around £240,000 for Harmonie's future.

Harmonie needs new prosthetic legs every six to nine months and will continue to have simple straight legs until she feels ready to progress to jointed prosthetics with a knee.

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