Paralympic joy for Ellie May

Basildon Recorder: Full of life - Ellie May Challis Full of life - Ellie May Challis

PARALYMPIC fever has changed Ellie May Challis’s life.

Ellie, eight, from Clacton, lost both her legs to meningitis aged 16 months and walks on blades identical to the ones used by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Her dad, Paul Challis, says the public’s perception of Ellie has altered, thanks to London 2012.

He said: “The Paralympics has changed everything. Before if people saw Ellie they would just watch her until she disappeared out of sight.

“Now it’s a glimpse and they just say, ‘there’s a little girl on mini blades’.”

Ellie met South African sprint legend Pistorius three years ago when she became the youngest person in the world to be fitted with hi-tech carbon fibre blades.

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11:42pm Tue 11 Sep 12

lovely says...

What a beautiful and brave little girl, her parents must be so proud x
What a beautiful and brave little girl, her parents must be so proud x lovely
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12:13am Wed 12 Sep 12

Trainman says...

Forgive me for asking, but has Ellie got a deformed right hand, or is it the way the photo of her was taken?

Either way, I wish this Beautiful child Good Luck for the future.
Forgive me for asking, but has Ellie got a deformed right hand, or is it the way the photo of her was taken? Either way, I wish this Beautiful child Good Luck for the future. Trainman
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10:25am Wed 12 Sep 12

Barry Bas says...

Trainman wrote:
Forgive me for asking, but has Ellie got a deformed right hand, or is it the way the photo of her was taken? Either way, I wish this Beautiful child Good Luck for the future.
Just did a quick search of the Echo archives and there is a story about her starting school from three years ago. In that story it states she lost both of her hands and legs to meningitis.

It is nice to see she is doing so well.
[quote][p][bold]Trainman[/bold] wrote: Forgive me for asking, but has Ellie got a deformed right hand, or is it the way the photo of her was taken? Either way, I wish this Beautiful child Good Luck for the future.[/p][/quote]Just did a quick search of the Echo archives and there is a story about her starting school from three years ago. In that story it states she lost both of her hands and legs to meningitis. It is nice to see she is doing so well. Barry Bas
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