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Tearful moment six-year-old girl born with a missing forearm is told she’s getting a ‘bionic’ limb

This is the moment a six-year-old girl bursts into tears of joy at learning she is getting a bionic arm after crowdfunding raised £10,000.  

Eloise Clark, from Lincoln, was overcome with emotion when her mother Charlotte, 27, confirmed they had raised the money needed in just eight days.

Heartwarming footage filmed by Charlotte shows Eloise, whose left arm ends just below her elbow due to a congenital condition, hugging her mother as tears stream down her face, before saying ‘thank you’.

During the clip, Charlotte asks her daughter: ‘How much money do we need? So we need £10,000 don’t we? Do you know what we’ve got? You’re getting your arm baby!’

Six-year-old Eloise Clark, from Lincoln, finds out she has raised the £10,000 needed for her new bionic arm

The young girl, who has a congenital condition called amniotic band syndrome, beams at her mother as tears begin to stream down her face

The young girl, who has a congenital condition called amniotic band syndrome, beams at her mother as tears begin to stream down her face 

The schoolgirl gives her mother an enormous smile before moving towards her for a hug and reappearing on-screen with tears streaming down her face.

Eloise’s mother goes on to tell her daughter: ‘It was eight days. We’ve done it in eight days. Are you happy? What do you say to everyone?’

The six-year-old beams at her mother before saying: ‘Thank you.’

Charlotte said she set up a crowdfunding page this month in an attempt to raise £10,000 for the state-of-the-art prosthetic arm.

She said her daughter’s condition, called amniotic band syndrome, had affected her confidence over the years and sometimes left her feeling like an outcast from other children.         

The mother-of-two said: ‘Eloise has wanted a bionic arm for years so to finally be here feels amazing and quite surreal.

‘We just can’t believe how generous people have been and how quickly we have reached the target, it’s overwhelming.

‘This will make such a huge difference to Eloise’s life, she will be able to do so many things that she can’t do now.’

She added: ‘Eloise’s arm has always affected her confidence.

‘I tell her all the time that she’s beautiful and nothing is wrong but she wants to have two hands and that’s her choice.’   

Charlotte said Eloise was overjoyed at the support she has received and is taking the surreal experience in her stride.

The schoolgirl's mother Charlotte (pictured with Eloise) said she set up a crowdfunding page earlier this month

The schoolgirl’s mother Charlotte (pictured with Eloise) said she set up a crowdfunding page earlier this month

The young girl beams at her mother

Eloise bursts into tears

The young girl smiles with joy as her mother tells her they have raised enough money

She continued: ‘This morning she said to me, ”I have £10,000, how much do you have?” I couldn’t believe it but I couldn’t help but laugh, she’s such a cheeky girl.’    

Amniotic band syndrome, Eloise’s condition, can occur when the inner layer of the placenta is damaged during pregnancy.

Strands of tissue can then tangle around the developing foetus, restricting blood flow, thus affecting the growth of certain body parts.

This can cause congenital deformities such as shortened limbs, as in Eloise’s case.

Charlotte said: ‘Since Eloise was born she’s had numerous hospital appointments and tests but nothing has ever phased her. Every single day she amazes me more and more.

Eloise (pictured as a baby) was born with a condition called amniotic band syndrome which  can cause congenital deformities

Eloise (pictured as a baby) was born with a condition called amniotic band syndrome which  can cause congenital deformities

The schoolgirl's bionic arm will be fitted later this year

Eloise's arm will be made by Bristol-based firm Open Bionics

The schoolgirl’s arm will be created by the Bristol-based firm Open Bionics using a state-of-the-art 3D printer 

‘Eloise has always found ways to get tasks done. For example as a baby she used to use her feet to help play with her toys. She’s found ways to cut her dinner up using a knife and fork. The list is endless.’

Charlotte said the decision to get the bionic arm, which will be fitted at the end of this year, was Eloise’s and that once it is fitted she will be able to do more than ever before. 

The prosthetic will be made Bristol-based firm Open Bionics. The firm use a state-of-the-art 3D printer to build prosthetic arms which gives amputees new mobility.        

Charlotte said the standard fee is £10,000 but if they raise more then they will use the money for additional expenses such as travel.

The mother-of-two would also like to set up a charity to support others in similar situations in the future.

You can donate here: https://uk.gofundme.com/f/eloises-bionic-arm   


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