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New bike for brave Brierley Hill toddler Evie
5:00pm Friday 22nd November 2013 in Local
A BRIERLEY Hill toddler with prosthetic legs now has a bike she can control with her hands thanks to generous fundraisers.
Evie Taylor, aged three, was born with Werner Mesomelic Dysplasia, a condition which meant her tibia bone did not form in either leg, just the fibular.
She had no ankle joint and clubbed feet, with seven toes on each foot.
Her legs were amputated through the knee in November 2011 and two months later, she was fitted with prosthetic legs, which are attached round her waist by a large belt.
Due to the weight of the prosthetic legs, her family noticed she tired easily and were determined to buy her a hand-pedalled trike, despite the hefty price tag of £2,653.
Touched by Evie's situation, fundraisers across the borough have helped to raise the cash over the last few months, by organising sponsored events and attending a fun day, organised by her mother, Nicci Taylor.
Miss Taylor, aged 35, was overwhelmed by the support and said that additional financial contributions had come from the Chris Westwood Charity for Children with Physical Disabilities and the Friends of Alfie Johnson fund.
The bike, which can be altered as Evie grows, was delivered last Friday (November 15).
Miss Taylor said the bike had been a big hit with Evie and her first outing was to pick up her sister Freya, aged eight, from Glynne Primary School, Kingswinford.
She added: "I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the fun day or did a sponsored event."
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