A BRAVE Redditch mum is at the heart of a massive £10,000 fundraising campaign to give her a functioning ‘robot’ arm.
Georgette Mullen lost all her right hand, fingers on her left hand, all her toes and the ball of her left foot to meningitis when she was just three years-old.
It also left her with a wasting disease in her legs that needed 30 operations to correct while she was growing up.
Undaunted, Georgette, now 28, was determined to prove the medics wrong and live life to the full.
She attended school at Mount Carmel, Walkwood and Kingsley, played sport and is now studying social work at HoW College on a course accredited by Birmingham City University.
“The doctors would tell me that I wouldn’t be able to do certain things but by having the support of my family and friends I grew up with a ‘No I can do it attitude’,” said Georgette, the proud mum of six-year-old son Teo.
However she admits she was always at pains to ‘fit in’.
“I’ve always had a cosmetic arm that looked real but it has always been awkward – it was a dead weight that I had to carry around.
“It chafes my skin and I’d get sores, and it was just well, there,” she said.
The fundraising campaign aims to buy Georgette a ‘Hero Arm’ – a functioning replacement from hi-tech firm The Open Bionics Foundation.
This not only looks fantastic but actually works as an arm too.
It would also transform her life.
“I always thought I was fine about not having an arm, but obviously I wasn’t because I was hiding it away,” said Georgette, from Wirehill.
“The Hero Arm not only looks cool, but functions as an arm.
“It would also be a celebration of my limb difference.”
The Open Bionics Hero Arm is the world’s first medically certified 3D printed bionic arm with a multi grip ability.
Georgette has already visited the firm’s Bristol offices to make sure her nerve endings can operate the arm if her £10,000 appeal is successful.
To contribute to her fund, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-for-hero-arm-so-i-don039t-have-to-hide-anymore