Sports mad eight year old with no legs defies odds to become athletic super star
A sports mad eight year old who lsot her legs to meningitis is now set to fulfil her dream of becoming a sports star.
Logane Miller, eight, from Northampton, was diagnosed with a deadly strain of meningitis at eleven months old – the disease took both her legs from below the knee and she was lucky to survive.
Now a double amputee, she has beaten all odds to not only learn how to walk, but to take up athletics, cycling, gymnastics, and swimming as she tries to fulfil her dream of becoming a sports star.
Her proud mum, Kristy Miller, 29, was devastated when she first spotted a purple rash across Logane’s tiny body, her chances of survival were slim.
Logane was in constant pain throughout the first year of her life as she battled against the aftermath of meningitis.
She eventually had two lower leg amputations in a bid to lead a normal pain-free life.
After numerous operations and different prosthetics since, she has now learnt to walk, run, ride a scooter and a bike, much to the amazement of her doctors.
Logane can now play almost 10 different sports and she has no plans to stop adding to her list yet.
Kristy said: “When Logane’s legs were removed, I feared she’d never walk let alone run, ride a bike and cycle.
“I’m so proud of her, she’s got so much determination and never lets her disability get her down.
“She even managed to do sports day on her stumps recently, she’s incredible.
“Being active keeps her happy and she does cart wheels in the garden which brings a tear to my eye as we almost lost her to meningitis.
“Ever since she was a toddler she has loved being active, then once she learned to walk a few years ago I was amazed at how much she can do.
“She has a dream of becoming a sports star and I wouldn’t put it past her, she tries different gymnastic moves all of the time and she is always doing handstands.”
Logane’s last operation was in 2014 but she will be having another in 2017 to improve her movement further.
Her meningitis which was meningococcal septicaemia – was so severe that doctors told Kristy her mottled skin was similar to that of a burns victim.
But Logane has refused to allow her diagnosis hold her back and she frequently takes part in school sports activities, including trampolining, gymnastics, basketball, and athletics.
Kristy added: “She’s the most determined person I have ever known.
“She won a person of the year award at school due to her commitment towards everything and how upbeat she always seems to be.
“I’m so proud of her, it’s been tough for her growing up but thankfully everyone at her school has been very supportive.
“She gets involved in physical activities at school which is great, she’s taken part in sports day which she loved.
“Teachers and other students are amazed at how enthusiastic she is about the smallest of things and she has made lots of friends because her personality really shines out.
“I felt like even though learning to walk was the first real milestone, when she learned to ride a bike her face lit up so much it felt like a huge accomplishment as that’s what she wanted for ages.
“We’re currently searching for someone to build a bike for Logane which accompanies her needs more than a standard bike.
“She’s out on her bike or scooter every day and it would be great to give her extra help, as I know she’s going to end up fulfilling her dream of being a sports star.”