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Bionic girl battles back with steel bones

Lily Willis of Great Lumley takes her first steps outside, following treatment for cancer (a bone tumour) in her leg. With mum Tori and dad Bryan.

Lily Willis of Great Lumley takes her first steps outside, following treatment for cancer (a bone tumour) in her leg. With mum Tori and dad Bryan.

INCREDIBLE Lily Willis has walked using her metal bones for the first time after been given the all-clear from cancer.

The nine-year-old was diagnosed with a bone tumour called osteosarcoma in February, when she developed a limp.

The tumour took such a hold of her right leg that Lily lost her knee, tibia and part of her femur, which were replaced with stainless steel bones which will grow as she does.

Magnets will be placed around her leg, allowing doctors to adjust the length of the rods as needed.

A course of chemotherapy followed the 14-hour operation but Lily, from Great Lumley, began the new year on a high when she finally took her first steps.

Mum Tori, 30, said: “It is brilliant that Lily doesn’t have to have any more treatment and no more chemotherapy.

“We have her back. It has been a huge weight off our minds, when we think some kids might not be as lucky as Lily.

“She has been so amazing. It has all gone over her head, and she has just got on with it.”

There may have to be more procedures on her leg in her teenage years, but for now Lily is just excited to get back to Lumley Junior School.

“She is doing a full week at school now as well, and she keeps saying how much energy she has,” said Tori.

Lily is also looking forward to a trip to Disneyland Paris in November, after her family and friends launched a fund-raising campaign to book the trip.

Tori said: “She can’t wait. She wants to go now.

“We have decided to go then so that Lily is as strong as she possibly can be. She wanted to go straightaway, but her consultant said she can’t go yet.

“2012 could not have got any worse, and we all know that 2013 is going to be a good year for us.”

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