When Ellie Challis lost her arms and legs to meningitis at just 16 months, her parents wondered what sort of future would lie ahead of her.

What they could never have predicted, however, was the degree of strength, courage and love that would be shown by both Ellie and her twin sister Sophie.

Mum Lisa, from Thorpe-le-Soken, told the Daily Mail: “From the moment Ellie came home from hospital, Sophie wouldn’t leave her side, even though she was only a baby herself. It has been like that ever since.”

Nine years later, the twins still share a special bond. “If Sophie thinks people are staring at Ellie, she’ll stand right in front of her so they can’t see her,” says Lisa.

Sophie continues to support her sister as she takes on new challenges, such as tying her own shoelaces and learning how to swim. And Lisa, of course, is overwhelmed by ten-year-old Ellie’s bravery.

“Ellie wakes up in the morning singing and she goes to bed singing. She’s always happy — and that puts life into perspective.”

For more information on meningitis visit meningitis.org or call the Meningitis Research Foundation helpline on 080 8800 3344.

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