School girl meningitis amputee back dancing with prosthetic leg

Nine year old Chantelle Pringle, from Barmston, Washington, who lost a leg to meningitis when she was aged two, with neighbour Lucy Hale who is to take part in a bungee jump to raise funds for Meningitis UK.
Nine year old Chantelle Pringle, from Barmston, Washington, who lost a leg to meningitis when she was aged two, with neighbour Lucy Hale who is to take part in a bungee jump to raise funds for Meningitis UK.
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MENINGITIS victim Chantelle Pringle is showing off her fancy footwork after being fitted with a new prosthetic leg.

The nine-year-old is proving she is fighting fit by pulling on her dance shoes after getting the new fake leg and foot.

The little battler lost her leg to meningococcal meningitis when she was two.

Chantelle, of Barmston, Washington, underwent surgery to amputate her right foot and toes from her left foot.

The youngster spent six weeks in hospital after a series of operations.

She had a false leg and foot fitted and the Barmston Village Primary School pupil was able to take her first steps.

Since then, the sprightly youngster has outgrown her limb and was struggling to cope.

But the determined youngster has now had a new limb fitted and is back on her feet.

Her mum Keeley Grotz, 32, said: “Chantelle is doing really well. She obviously has her bad days but apart from that she’s excellent.

“The new limb has made a huge difference and after everything she’s been through it’s nice to see her back to her normal self.

“She’s so brave and we’re so proud of her and everything she’s done. She also loves dancing and goes to classes once a week.

“She lives a life like everyone else.”

Chantelle fell ill in November 2004 at her home in Stockley Road.

Keeley, who also has a 12-year-old son, Ryan Grotz, recognised the tell-tale symptoms of meningitis and took Chantelle straight to Sunderland Royal Hospital.

She was then transferred to Newcastle General Hospital where she underwent surgery.

Keeley said: “It was frightening and there was a point when we didn’t know if she would pull through.

“She did and she’s fought back ever since, she’s amazing.”