LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- A neighborhood block party was held Sunday in Londonderry, N.H., to welcome home a 9-year-old girl who become ill last Easter, causing her to lose her arms and legs to an infection.
Active in gymnastics and cheerleading, Bella Tucker was rushed to a Boston Hospital last April with a raging fever. She was diagnosed with streptococcus pneumonia sepsis and fell into a coma. She survived, but doctors had to amputate her arms and legs.
“She’s doing awesome, she really is,” said Peter Roarty, her stepfather. “She’s an inspiration to us all. Her strength gives us strength, just to watch her do something new every day.”
Tucker is already back in school but her home had to be rebuilt and expanded to make it more accessible for a quadruple amputee. Volunteers worked over the past four months to build the 2,500 square-foot addition. The expansion was funded by $400,000 in donations.
The effort was led by constructive executive Tony Nigro, who lives in Londonderry and has a daughter Tucker's age.
“Every door is wide enough for her chair,” said Nigro. “There are no steps anywhere in the house that she can't get around one way or another.”The home was doubled in size and includes an elevator that goes from the garage to the second floor.
Tucker picked out everything in her newly designed room and was thrilled to arrive home.“When you hear the story you think that just as easily could be me,” said Nigro.