Campaign will help Milly walk again

Pictured is Milly-Anne Hemley ( 11 ) with Paula ( L ) & Bev Martin ( Owner -'Pike & Eel
Pictured is Milly-Anne Hemley ( 11 ) with Paula ( L ) & Bev Martin ( Owner -'Pike & Eel

The family of an 11-year-old girl from Long Buckby are fundraising to buy her a prosthetic leg following a vicious dog attack at her home last year.

Milly-Anne Hemely of Grasscroft, had to have part of her right leg amputated when the family Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy, Rory, savaged her as she got ready for school on December 19.

The dog viciously shook Milly-Anne’s leg leaving her with only a few inches of skin and visible bone. Remarkably the school girl did not cry, even apologising to her mum for having torn her leggings.

Now, following almost four months of recovery, walking with the use of crutches and a wheelchair, Milly-Anne’s leg is now healthy enough to be fitted with the pink sparkly prosthetic leg she wishes for.

Mum Paula Warren said: “It’s taken a long time for her leg to heal and she got infection after infection.

“She has had to do exercise two to three times a day to stretch her muscles out and she’s getting bored of it now, she just wants to be a child again.

“Getting a new leg will mean Milly can be Milly, she can dance around and play football again and it really will mean the world to me and to her. It will be amazing.”

Milly-Anne needs up to £6,000 to buy a new leg but is already looking ahead to running around and playing with her two brothers and sister.

Milly-Anne said: “I’m going to kick my brother again and go out on my own without having to have someone with me.

“I like playing football as well so I’m looking forward to doing that.”

The first fundraiser for Milly-Anne will be at the Pike and Eel pub on June 1. The family are looking for a face painter for the day - anyone who can help can contact Mrs Warren via facebook by searching for Paula Marie Warren.