I wonder who saw Isabelle Weall, a 14 year old quadruple amputee, on the One Show yesterday?
This inspiring teenager had to have all 4 limbs amputated when she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis when 7 years old. Izzy was taken ill just hours after going into school as normal and, at one stage, was not expected to live. She fought back, however, and now, after only being fitted with prosthetic limbs in 2011, she has astounded everyone by winning her category at the Schools National Trampolining Competition.
You should always give something you want to do a go, you can’t just sit down and think ‘‘what if I can, what if I can’t’’ you have to try it out. Isabelle Weall
True to her words, not content with this amazing achievement, Izzy’s new ambition is to give racing driving a go! Apparently impressed with her attitude, Team Brit, a motor racing team of disabled drivers, have set the wheels of this ambition in motion(!) by offering to teach her how to drive a racing car.
Determined to inspire other young amputees by example, enterprising Izzy has also set up her own YouTube channel where as well as discussing trampolining, beauty and fashion, she talks about coping with everyday things as a quadruple amputee in a bid to show others what’s possible rather than impossible.
She appeared on the One Show with gold medal winning wheelchair racer, Tanni Grey-Thompson, and retired ballet dancer, Dame Darcey Bussell, a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. One of the contestants in the last series was another inspirational amputee Johnnie Peacock, English sprint runner and gold medal winner at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and 2016 Summer Paralympics. Despite wearing a blade, Johnnie danced a blinder making it to week 9 of the show with his partner, Oti Mabuse. Johnnie, who will now be taking part in the Strictly tour, congratulated Izzy on her achievements via video and, much to Izzy’s delight, Darcey Bussell offered Izzy and her family tickets to a show of their choice.
How amazing to see 2 amputees breaking new ground so spectacularly in one evening. Congratulations to both of them and we expect to hear a lot more about Isabelle in the future…..
- Isabelle Weall YouTube Channel
- Isabell Weall on The One Show
- Isabelle Weall – Article (with information about meningitis)
- Article on BBC News: Teen Quadruple Amputee from Derby Aiming to Inspire
- Watch the video below and be impressed!