Two-year-old Harmonie-Rose Ivy Allen has had a pretty rough life so far, but you wouldn’t know it when you look at the smile on her face.
Harmonie was diagnosed with meningitis B when she was 11 months old, and told that her chances of survival were less than 10 percent.
But she soldiered on, even when she had to have her arms and legs amputated just 10 days after she took her first steps.
“The doctors were unsure what her future would be like and if there was any brain damage, but right now Harmonie seems to show no brain damage,” Harmonie’s mother, Freya Hall, told ABC News.
“I love her inside and out. There’s nothing you can’t love about her. She’s beautiful, funny, smart and she never gives up. She is just so loving. She is quite upfront, too. I have seen her introduce herself to another child by saying, ‘I’m Harmonie and I have no hands’.”
Hall arranged for Harmonie to have a doll modified for her by A Step Ahead Prosthetics. Parents send the company dolls from the American Girl company, and they modify them free of charge so that kids with missing limbs won’t feel alienated by their amputations.
Hall told ABC News that Harmonie had never seen another quadruple amputee before she received the doll.
“She just said, ‘Mummy, that’s just like me’,” Hall said.
“She loves to take the arms and the legs off and they love to sit next to each other without the prosthetics on.”
On their Facebook page, Hope 4 Harmonie, Harmonie’s parents wrote that the doll is “already loved very much” in their household.
“She will be Harmonie’s best friend forever,” they wrote.