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Cash found for London meningitis boy's prosthetic limbs

Harvey Parry
Harvey Parry lost his legs to meningitis when he was 15 months old

The parents of a four-year-old boy who lost his legs to meningitis have raised the money to buy him a new set of prosthetic limbs.

Harvey Parry, of Edmonton, north London, outgrew his current sets of legs, which were custom-made in the US.

Harvey and his parents will fly to the US on Friday to purchase the new set of prosthetic limbs which will help him walk.

His family have raised money to buy his limbs two years in a row.

Harvey has different pairs of prosthetic limbs for walking and running and the new walking set will cost about £30,000.

Mother Carol Parry, 44, said: "Through the donations we managed to raise £20,000 in a week and we are so grateful to everyone who helped us.

"We've had so many wonderful letters from people - the support has been overwhelming."

"I don't know what I would have done without the help of the public - by the end of this week his current legs would have been too tight for him to wear."

Harvey was 15 months old when he was struck down with meningitis in February 2007. It resulted in him losing both his legs and three-and-a-half fingers on his right hand.

His family is still appealing for donations to buy him some new running limbs, which he has also outgrown.

Mrs Parry said: "He takes his running legs to school and they allow him to run and play with other children."

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