LONDONDERRY, N.H. — In her third-grade photographs, Bella Tucker looks at the world with the wonder of an 8-year-old child who sees a place of promise and possibility. Now, after a horrifying change on Easter Sunday, that world has become a confusing jumble of pain and complication.
Tucker, a popular classmate and eager gymnast, had all four limbs amputated following a catastrophic infection she developed April 4. Now, instead of tumbling across the gymnastics floor, she is using her nose to text her friends from Children’s Hospital in Boston. Instead of learning about triangles at the South Elementary School, she spent May 21 undergoing her seventh surgery.