LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- A 9-year-old girl who lost all her limbs to a rare infection will soon return home to a house dramatically remodeled by volunteers.
Bella Tucker hasn't been inside her house since she was first hospitalized in the spring. After months of treatment and rehab, she'll return to the same home, but nearly 300 volunteers have turned it into much more.
Not much time remains before the family of Bella Tucker can move back to their home on Lantern Lane.
They will be moving into a house dramatically different from the one they left, but the best news is that Bella is out of the hospital and will be moving back with them.
LONDONDERRY — Lily-Anne Heywood is already a budding philanthropist. Last year, when she turned 6, she decided to have her friends' parents give donations to the New England Patriots Foundation in lieu of presents.
"Her mom put the seed there," grandfather Jeff Heywood said.
For the past two years, Lily-Anne Heywood, now a 7-year-old first grader at Matthew Thornton Elementary School, has asked those she invites to her birthday party not to bring presents, but rather, to bring donations. The donations go to a charity of her choosing.
"She is just such a strong-willed kid," said her mother, Jessica Heywood. "She really is something special." Jessica's birthday is Oct. 11, and this year, for her Oct. 9 party, she donated without hesitation to the Bella Tucker Fund.