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Please can you help Tilly get some new hands?

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  1. DavidH United Kingdom

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    A toddler from County Durham, England who was left with no hands or toes after she contracted meningitis has held her mother's hand for the first time.

    I was wondering if you know anyone who might be able to help a three year old girl called Tilly (who lives not far from me in the North East of England) who lost her hands and toes due to meningitis.

    When she was only one year old, Tilly got meningococcal septicaemia.She spent four weeks in hospital and needed 10 blood transfusions to help her overcome the deadly disease. Her hands had to be amputated to save her life. She also lost all her toes.

    To try to give Tilly the opportunity to live as near normal a life as possible she will need specialised prosthetic hands to help her for the rest of her life. As a growing child the hands will have to be changed at least once a year if not more frequently to match her growth.

    Tilly is now three years old and in January of this year received her first pair of prosthetic hands, specially made for her by Dorset Orthopaedic.

    They are Myo-electric hands that run on a rechargable battery built into the false arm. There is also a sensor built into the false arm which picks up the natural muscle movements that Tilly would make to move her fingers (if she still had some). The sensor picks up the movements of the muscles and opens and closes the prosthetic hand.

    Unfortunately the National Health Service is unable to pay for the cost of the hands which are state of the art and cost £23,464 (approx US$34,800) a pair.

    The appeal is trying to raise a total of £800,000 (approx $1.2m) to cover the cost of new pairs of hands until Tilly is 18 years old. So far over £150,000 (approx $222,000) has been raised but there is still a long way to go.

    For more information about Tilly, please go to her website at

    News media coverage can be found at

    BBC NEWS | England | Wear | Meningitis toddler's new hand joy
    My angel lost hands and toes | The Sun |Woman|Real Life
    Lifelike electronic hands help meningitis-hit toddler - Exclusive -
    Meningitis victim Tilly celebrates nursery start (From The Northern Echo)

    Many people have already helped Tilly including TV stars, footballers, other celebrities and ordinary people like you or me who have been affected by Tilly's story.

    How can you help?

    In two ways:

    Please can you forward this message to anyone you know who you think may care enough to possibly help this little girl?

    Please can you consider making a donation of £2 / €3 / $3 (or more if you wish) to help Tilly enjoy as normal a life as possible.

    You can do this by Paypal by clicking on the following link:

    (The Tilly Lockey Trust is affiliated with the Meningitis Help Charitable Trust - Registered Charity Number 1090505.)

    I fully appreciate that it is difficult in the current financial climate to make charitable donations but imagine how much more difficult it would be for Tilly to go through life with no hands at all.

    Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

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