Youngster's illness inspired a community

One of the feel-good stories of the year played itself out last weekend up in Londonderry, N.H., where 8-year-old Bella Tucker was introduced to her new home.

Bella's dream of being a gymnast was derailed forever after she lost all four of her limbs to a catastrophic infection. But she returned to a community that is changed forever, as well, through an outpouring of donations of time, equipment, skill and money that provided Bella and her family with a home that will help them face the challenges ahead.

Bella became ill on Easter Sunday, April 4. With her temperature soaring, her stepfather, Peter Roarty, brought her to a nearby hospital. From there, she was airlifted to Children's Hospital Boston.

Volunteers step up to rebuild girl’s home

LONDONDERRY – Volunteers banded together to ensure Bella Tucker’s home was fully handicapped accessible when she returned home Sunday.


Bella was a healthy 8-year old girl, active in gymnastics and cheerleading, when she started feeling sick on Easter 2010. That night, she woke up with a raging fever and was taken by med-flight to Boston Children’s Hospital with Streptococcus pneumonia sepsis, and she fell into a coma.

She survived, but doctors had to amputate her arms and legs because of an infection.

Community Turns Out in Droves for Bella's Homecoming

Chris Caesar

Courtesy: Londonderry Times

Bella Tucker Gets a Kiss From Her Mom Selena Roarty at Her Homecoming Block PartyBella Tucker Gets a Kiss From Her Mom Selena Roarty at Her Homecoming Block PartyA lot has changed for Bella Tucker since she last laid eyes on her family's Londonderry home.

After falling ill with an intense fever last Easter, the 9-year-old South Elementary School student was airlifted to Boston's Children's Hospital, where she was diagnosed with streptococcus pneumonia sepsis - a disease, often fatal, that can cause body-wide inflammation and dangerously inhibit circulation.

Happy Homecoming For Girl Who Lost Arms, Legs

Courtesy: CBS Boston

 


LONDONDERRY, N.H. (CBS/AP) – About 300 people welcomed 9-year-old Bella Tucker back home in Londonderry, New Hampshire Sunday.

She had been at Children’s Hospital Boston since Easter, after doctors had to amputate her arms and legs because of an infection.

Information

Donations can be made to THE BELLA TUCKER FUND via the Paypal link or by mail to: The Bella Tucker Fund 26 Lantern Lane Londonderry, NH 03053