A quadruple amputee, who thought she may never find love due to her appearance, has welcomed a baby boy.
Danielle Bailey lost her legs and hands to meningitis when she was just four years old and was given a 0% chance of survival.
But she defied the odds and is now a mum to 11-week-old Teddy.
Danielle, from Otley, Leeds, said: ‘I am lucky to be alive. It was touch and go when I was four, the doctors gave me 48 hours to live.
‘I didn’t think I’d ever find love – never mind a baby because of the way I look.
‘I’ve always wanted to be a mum but I didn’t think it would ever happen.’
Danielle met her partner, Tom Twist, in October 2019 at a pub and the pair hit it off.
The 23-year-old added: ‘He didn’t care that I am an amputee and instantly showed me what true love is.’
When the self-taught makeup artist found out she was pregnant, she was concerned about how she would physically cope with a new baby.
Danielle added: ‘I was worried in case people questioned my parenting as I am an amputee.
‘I felt anxious as I thought I was going to be a bad mum because of my disability.
‘I worried in case I wouldn’t be able to look after him.’
However, as soon as Teddy arrived, her doubts were put to rest.
Danielle said: ‘It all came naturally. Giving birth was the hardest thing I have ever done because I didn’t know what to expect.
‘I was worried about bringing Teddy into the world but it has been fine.
‘I have never let my disability hold me back.
‘I am able to do everything as normal – the only thing I do differently is put the tub of milk on it’s side so I can reach in and scoop.’
Danielle adds that Tom has been incredibly supportive and that their baby son has made her feel more confident than ever.
She said: ‘I have learnt that looking different doesn’t mean you can’t have what everyone else has.
‘You can still follow your dreams and get what you want in life. Teddy has made me realise how precious life is. I can’t imagine life without him.
‘I used to worry about what people thought about me but now I am happy.
‘My main goal is to be the best mum I can be and to make sure he has a good life.
‘I am always happy to help anyone who is thinking about having a baby but worried because of their disability.
‘I am living proof that you can do it.’
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