A girl has been given the perfect early Christmas gift of a bionic arm and will be able to open her presents unaided for the first time.
Evie Lambert, 11, was born with no left hand and was delighted when a kind-hearted anonymous donor paid for her £10,000 3D-printed arm.
Now Evie is looking forward to opening her presents on Christmas morning with her “Frozen” themed arm.
She said: “I want to say a big thank you to the donor. It is the best Christmas present ever.
“It will really help me to do things that I struggled to do before. It feels really comfortable wearing it and the hand opens and closes like a real hand. I’d love to get make-up for Christmas and now I’ll be able to put mascara on.”
Her mum Sally, 47, of Huddersfield, West Yorks said: “She couldn’t have wished for a better Christmas present.
“If she could have put anything on her wish list it would have been this. The donor is like a real-life Santa.
“It gives her functionality. It’s the simple things that she’s enjoying doing now – like being able to hold and open a can of pop, brushing her hair, opening a lip balm or putting clothes on a hanger, things that we take for granted.
“When she does it her face just lights up.
"The most amazing thing will be seeing her open her presents on Christmas day. I’m also going to have her help me wrap Christmas gifts.”
Sally and her husband Duncan, 49, found out at the 20-week scan that Evie had no left hand.
Sally, who also has an eight-year-old son Henry, said: “We have had incidents where people have called her names and there have been stares, but I think she’s built up a resilience to it.”
The family heard about Bristol-based Open Bionics at a conference in September.
Soon after they got a call to say a donor had paid for a prosthetic for Evie, whose arm was fitted in November.
Sally said: “It’s the kind of thing you think happens to other people. It’s amazing.
“It’s such an act of kindness – you don’t think these people exist.”
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