LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- A Londonderry, N.H., neighborhood held a block party for a 9-year-old girl who returned home Sunday after she became ill on Easter and lost her arms and legs to an infection.
Bella Tucker returned home Sunday afternoon and was welcomed by about 300 people.
Active in gymnastics and cheerleading, she was rushed to Boston Hospital with a raging fever earlier this year. She was diagnosed with Streptococcus Pneumonia Sepsis and fell into a coma. She survived, but doctors had to amputate her arms and legs.
Her home was rebuilt and expanded to make it more accessible for a quadruple amputee. Nearly 300 volunteers worked over the past four months to build the 2,500 square-foot addition. Donations funded the expansion.
Renovations include new hands-free toilets in the bathrooms and sinks in the kitchen with work surfaces low enough that Bella can cook with her mother. The home now has ramps throughout and has doubled in size to 5,000 square feet. Sprayed-on insulation and a state-of-the-art boiler keep it energy efficient.
Bella's bedroom is painted in her favorite shade of blue and includes a wall unit where she can control heat and other functions. She has her own bathroom, and each room has it own intercom.