CHARLOTTE Nott spent her third birthday in bandages after losing the lower part of all four of her limbs to meningitis.
Now as she celebrates her seventh birthday her mum says she is doing as well as anyone else in her class.
The youngster had the lower parts of her arms and legs amputated to stop the deadly disease spreading throughout her body and killing her.
Her mum Jenny Daniels said: “It’s been four years now, it’s still something you think about but you do have to move on.
“It’s nice she can celebrate her birthday and she’s well and happy.”
The 33-year-old added: “She’s doing really well at school, especially with her writing and drawing. The teachers have said she’s doing as well as any other child. She has a great group of friends and everything is hugely positive.”
The family are set to meet with Bristol-based company Open Bionic in April, with a view to Charlotte being measured for prosthetic hands.
The company use 3D technology to make the custom-made hands for amputees.
In the meantime Charlotte, a pupil at St Francis C of E Primary School in Cowley, has been balancing a pen between the end of her arm and her torso.
The mother-of-three said Charlotte’s growing independence meant she would be choosing her own presents this year.
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“We are going to have lots of family and friends around and she wants to go shopping and spend her birthday money. She’s getting older and becoming more independent.
“There’s a few things she would like and she wants to do it herself.”
The youngster needs at least one new pair of £6,000 artificial legs every year, paid for by fundraising through Charlotte’s Appeal.
A recent operation to remove a cyst has made Charlotte’s most recent prosthetics redundant.
Her mum said it would be another three months before she was walking again.
Go to charlottesappeal.com to donate
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