This teen lost her arms and legs to meningitis – but now she’s using her disability to inspire others

PHOTO: Magazine Features
PHOTO: Magazine Features

Contracting meningitis meant Izzy had to have all four of her limbs amputated when she was just seven years old.

But the resilient teenager refuses to see herself as disabled and is now wowing audiences on YouTube with her incredible makeup skills.

Izzy Weall, from Derby in England, fell ill with bacterial meningitis as a child. The little girl suffered a heart attack and organ failure while travelling in the ambulance, but was brought back to life with an adrenaline shot.

Her parents, Oliver Weall and Catherine Lloyd, both 41 years old, were told by doctors that their precious daughter only had hours to live.

But the little girl courageously fought back – even though physicians were forced to amputate her arms and legs in order to save her life.

Seven years have passed and the teenager has defied the odds and stunned doctors by winning a national trampoline competition just five years after she leant to walk again.

And if that weren’t enough, the 14-year-old now makes inspiring YouTube videos to encourage other amputees to embrace their disabilities.

Her inspiring channel shows how a bubbly Izzy applies her make-up despite having no hands.

"No-one believed that I did my own make-up, I can do eyeliner and have even used fake eyelashes before,” says Izzy.

Izzy’s mom Catherine, is proud that the teenager has never let anything stop her and is determined to do what every normal girl her age does.

"She has never seen herself as disabled or different, she wants to do all the things that teenagers her age would do,” says Catherine.

The internet sensation, who started uploading regular videos to YouTube six months ago, showed a keen interest in make-up a few years ago and has perfected it as time went along.

She hopes to inspire people with her videos and has already received an array of messages from other disabled people around the globe.

"I have had a really positive reaction, I have had other amputees message me, thanking me for inspiring them," she says.

Sources: Magazine Features

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