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Girl with no arms or legs wins position on soccer team

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Despite beating the odds against death when she contracted meningitis as a baby and having to have her limbs amputated, 7 year old Ellie Challis defies the odds again and makes her school soccer team

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."

- Goethe

For more on Ellie's heroic acts watch the YouTube video.


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By Angie Alaniz on November 22, 2011 at 09:42 am


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By Notumbus Bumbus on November 22, 2011 at 10:20 am

As a handicapped person I can tell you with absolute conviction: there is nothing "unbelievable" about this. She is doing what comes natural to any kid - defying everyone's expectations. Her parents, her prosthetists, her school chums, her teachers, all should be commended for never not believing in her. You go, girl!!

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By Uttam Gill on November 23, 2011 at 02:37 am

An amazing example of sheer determination...against all the odds he could make a place in soccer team of his school...Incredible

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By Credo on October 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm

This was not only inspirational, but it was rejuvenating to the human spirit, to know that there is still people with that enduring flame and determination to go on in the face of the most tragic circumstances.


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By Regina88 on June 04, 2014 at 07:36 am

That is a huge success and inspirtaion pozycjonowanie stron

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