little Ellie Challis tore the hearts of many in the world when they watched her take her first steps on prosthetic legs. At 16 months old the "little hero" defied the odds of survival after she she contracted bacterial meningitis. To survive she suffered the loss of all four of her limbs.
Remarkably a month ago the adorable 7 year old champion won a position on her school soccer team. Ellie is "football made" according to her dad. Her favorite team is Arsenal and she watches all the games.
Two days ago her mother Lisa said: "She is just the most gutsy and remarkable child." .... "She is able to keep up with all the other kids at school and to think that she has prosthetic legs yet plays football for her school is just remarkable. It's something that we never thought we would ever see."
Ellie's life was dramatically changed in April 2009 "when she became the youngest person in the world to be fitted with some special carbon fibre sports legs." These are the same kind used by South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius.
Little Elli now "... plays [soccer] once a week and trains too, and the school plays matches against other schools. She’s absolutely loving it. There’s no holding her back," says her mom.
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back-- Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
For more on Ellie's heroic acts watch the YouTube video.