Romeo’s Mum shares their story
Romeo was three when he fell ill with a rare condition called Purpura Fulminans. Remarkably, Romeo fought the deadly illness and amazed all of us with his fighting spirit and bright smile.
However, Romeo was left with the life changing consequence of having to have both of his legs amputated high above his knees.
Losing his legs meant that he wasn’t able to keep up with his peers unless they were playing on floor level with him. Although Romeo adjusted very quickly, he was completely dependent on us carrying him or sitting in a toddler’s buggy to be pushed around.
The Hospital Occupational Therapist informed us about the Wizzybug Loan Scheme which we were very interested in from the start. It sounded like it would make an enormous difference to Romeo’s level of independence.
We were all very excited when the day came for Romeo to have a go in his Wizzybug. He took to it straight away and amazed us at how quickly he was able to operate it.
We were overjoyed to be able to take the Wizzybug home the same day and Romeo couldn’t wait to show off his new wheels to the rest of his family and friends.
Nanny’s plant pot was destroyed and Aunty Debbie was “in the way” on the first day but thankfully there has been no accidents since! His friends all want to have a go and think that Wizzybug is “awesome”.
We take it everywhere with us – walks in the village, the local petting farm and camping. We love going to the promenade and he’s even taken Wizzy for a go in the local skate park!
We would 100% recommend the loan scheme to others who have children who would benefit. It’s an amazing scheme that has given Romeo the ability to move about independently and keep up with his sister and friends.