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Child's wait for prosthetic legs

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Edward's parents say he should be running and walking

The parents of a child who lost all four limbs to meningitis say they are angry he has had to wait more than a year for new prosthetic legs.

Edward Bright, from Ripley, Derbyshire, lost all his limbs to blood poisoning after contracting meningitis in 2007.

Derbyshire Primary Care Trust says recent treatment on his thighs has prevented new legs being fitted.

But parents Steve and Clare blame bureaucracy and are asking for funding to be released immediately.

They say their son has been immobile for too long.

Edward should be running and walking and instead he is stuck
Clare Bright

Mr Bright, 41, said Edward, 10, who is being treated at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, was in danger of losing hope.

He added: "I have no idea where Edward gets his strength from, but he is a hell of a character and he won't let this beat him.

"But if this goes on and on there's only so much fight in him. We want to get this sorted now while he still has his enthusiasm."

Mrs Bright, 40, said: "I know the pressure the NHS is under but Edward should be running and walking and instead he is stuck."

Helen Knight, Derbyshire Primary Care Trust's commissioning manager, said: "The prosthetic legs we originally had made for Edward he can no longer use following surgery, and recent treatment on his thighs has prevented us from fitting a new pair at this moment.

"Plans are in place to press on with getting him a new set of fully functional prosthetic legs as soon as he can tolerate them."



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