AN inspirational Wirral schoolgirl is proving that anything is possible after her sheer determination for life proved doctors wrong.
Born with congenital malformation of her lower limbs, ten-year-old Baylee Abbott has spent her life wearing prosthetic feet.
Despite this, the Oxton St Saviours CE Primary School pupil – who is also missing fingers on one hand – refuses to let her condition hold her back and strives to be the same as her classmates, inspiring them to be more tolerant of others.
Proud mum Sara said: “When I was pregnant I was told that Baylee would never be able to run, that she may not even be able to walk and that she wouldn’t be like other children.
“But she was walking at 13 months and started dancing in front of the television at 15 months.
“She is a very active girl and nothing stops her. She always says to me, ‘I’m not disabled mummy, I’m fine’.
“She inspires everyone who meets her.”
The Year Five pupil – who is on the school netball team as well as being a keen dancer at Port Sunlight’s Complete Works dance school – even inspired dance teacher Sara, who set up her own dance school, Dancing Tots, after seeing young Baylee’s determination.
Sara added: “She had an operation last year to make her feet narrower but she was back on her feet in two weeks – they bounce back.”
As well as dancing and netball, Baylee is also a keen climber, and refuses to let anything stop her.
“She took all of the feet she’s had since she was a baby into school to show her classmates and gave an assembly in front of 200 children,” explained Sara.
“Everyone was crying and she stood up there and she said, ‘This is me’ – she is going to inspire everyone when she is older.”
Headteacher Gill Pritchard said: “Baylee never complains and always has a smile on her face.
“She stood up there in front of everyone and explained why children shouldn’t stare at those who are different.
“She is such an inspirational little girl.”
Despite the excellent help and support the Abbott family receive from organisations including the Wirral Limb Centre and charity Reach, they are in constant need of new feet for Baylee.
“Kids’ feet grow,” said Sara. “We have to send off to Birmingham for the silicone inserts but they can take four months and sometimes, five months.
“She is trying to squeeze into the silicone feet but we are at that stage where we need someone who can make them locally so there isn’t as long of a wait – she has to go to school without feet at the minute so she has to be kept in at break which isn’t fair because she just loves running around and dancing.”
Anyone who can help Baylee should contact Globe reporter Emma Rigby at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 649 4018.