LIKE any toddler, little Amy Wolstenholme cannot wait to play outside.
But until now the two-year-old, who had her left leg amputated after she was struck down with meningitis, has had to stay inside and watch her playmates having fun in the garden without her.
However after doctors fitted her with a prosthetic leg on Thursday, she is now set to take her first proper steps.
Her mum Jade, of Ravens Close, Normoss, said: “It’s fantastic that Amy now has her prosthetic leg.
“She has got a frame to help her and she is already taking steps.
“She has been mobile already but she has had to stay inside and watch her brother playing outside, but now she can got out in the garden with him.”
Amy was just six months old when Mrs Wolstenholme, who also has a son Connor, found a rash on her daughter’s body.
The tot was rushed to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Hospital where she had to fight for her life.
Doctors told the family amputating Amy’s left leg was the only chance to stop the spread of the killer disease.
Amy must still return to Alder Hey once a fortnight for check-ups, and had her leg fitted at the Preston Limb Centre.
Because she is growing at such a quick rate, she will have to be fitted for a new prosthetic leg every eight weeks.
Mrs Wolstenholme added: “It has been really intense and Amy has had to fight through 45 operations to get to this point. Each time she has been in intensive care.
“But she is really brave and strong, and is determined she wants to walk with her new leg.
“We have been waiting so long for it, and now it’s the best thing that she has got it.”
Last Christmas was the first one the family shared together at home following Amy’s meningitis.
Mrs Wolstenholme discovered the rash on December 7 2010, and at one point 16 machines were keeping the youngster alive in hospital.