LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- A community came together to build hope for the homecoming of a young girl’s battle over a debilitating illness.
Doctors had to remove 9-year-old Bella Tucker’s arms and her legs to save her life seven months ago.
While Bella was away, contractor Tony Nigro teamed up with a design team to give Bella’s family home a complete - and free - makeover.
“They got down and dirty,” said Peter Roarty, Bella’s stepfather. “They painted walls, hung pictures, cleaned up stuff, put things together, fixed pipes. They did everything.”
Added to the home is a ramp outside and physical therapy room complete with Wii Fit, among other amenities.
“And this is where Bella will spend most of her time as she’s getting strong so she can use her prosthetics,” said Nigro while standing in the physical therapy room.
The kitchen was redone where Bella can help cook - which she loves to do.
“What we have here is a hands-free toilet,” said Nigro. “And we added a hands free intercom system.”
Bella even has her own elevator up to a brand new bedroom.
“She has been texting members of the design team to say ‘can I see some photographs, can I see some imagery,’ and we said ‘no.’ It’s a surprise,” said Nigro. “Her bedroom is fully accessible so she can actually come up with a wheelchair.”
Her family was amazed by the gift, and their little girl.
“Her strength is amazing. She just rolls with it. That’s her new term. We’re like ‘Bella, how do you do that?’ and she’s like ‘I just roll with it,’” said Roarty. “Kind of a play on words with her wheelchair and stuff, but she’s doing wonderful.”
After becoming ill last Easter, Bella was rushed to Boston Hospital with a raging fever. She was diagnosed with streptococcus pneumonia sepsis and fell into a coma. To fight the infection, doctors had to remove her limbs.