Courtesy NECN News
(NECN: Scot Yount, Londonderry, NH) - Nine-year-old Bella Tucker fights the tears 7 months after being rushed to the hospital with a raging fever, a rare pneumonia, and the little girl fights for her life in a coma.
"It has been a tough time but Bella kept us strong. When we saw what Bella going through and experienced or watched what she was going through, it was hard to complain about anything," said stepfather Peter Roarty.
Her will to live and doctors saved her life, but in that fight, lost her legs and most of her arms. Adjusting to her new life would take time and a completely different home, so friends and neighbors went to work.
Essentially contractors had to double the size of the house. How did they do that? They harnessed all of this emotional and financial energy and put it into the home to the tune of some $400,000, all donated."
"All of the materials, the labor, expertise, the design, everything was donated," said Tony Nigro of Suffolk Construction.
The financial and emotional elbow grease to undertake and finish this project is hard to measure. The result is a new room for Bella's physical therapy, bathroom and kitchen have been built with her in mind. Her room, on the second floor, is a kind of little girl paradise with an easy way to get there.
"Alright she needs a ramp, ramp is gonna get her to one floor, we need an elevator, the elevator goes from the garage down below with exits on the main level all the way up to her master suite," said Nigro.
Bella herself was a bit too shy and overwhelmed by the block party welcoming her home to say too much, but her dad is beaming.
Roarty said, "the community, the neighbors everybody... it has just been an overwhelming experience."