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New limbs for meningitis sufferer Harvey Parry

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

A four-year-old boy who lost his legs to meningitis has arrived back in the UK after being given a new set of prosthetic limbs in the US.

Harvey Parry, of Edmonton, north London, travelled with his family to the US after a public appeal managed to raise £30,000.

Mother Carol Parry, 44, said the new limbs allowed Harvey to "be a child" again.

Harvey was 15 months old when he was hit with meningitis in February 2007.

The illness caused him to lose both legs and three-and-a-half fingers on his right hand.

Mrs Parry said Harry was able to put his new prosthetic limbs on himself.

She added: "It's changed our lives, it's changed Harvey's life, he's agile, he's able to be a child, he's able to play."

While in the US, Harvey was invited to take part in the Paralympics Endeavor Games in Oklahoma.

Mrs Parry added: "We're really excited about that because he's going to be the youngest athlete.

"We'll be out there back on the streets raising funds to do that and to get him legs in six to eight months when he grows."

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