Ruby, 9, is the bravest girl in Scotland
The bravest little girl in Ayrshire – okay, change that to Scotland! - has got to be nine year Ruby Hamilton of Drongan.
Ruby was born with a rare bone deformity that prevents her from walking or running.
And she’s decided the best chance of improving her long term mobility – and her lifestyle – is to have her leg amputated.
What a courageous and momentous decision from someone who is still a child. And what a heartbreaking but inspiring moment for her parents, Maddy and Robert.
Ruby was inspired by paralympian Jonnie Peacock and his amazing performance on Strictly Come Dancing with his prosthetic leg.
And she knows exactly what she wants to do with her “new leg”.
She wants to be first in a race, she wants to score a goal, she wants to swim and she wants to try gymnastics.
Hey Ruby, I’ll let you into a secret. I had two good legs at your age – and I STILL couldn’t score a goal!
But maybe – with your courage – you can achieve anything!
I hope the operation goes ahead and is as successful as your wildest dreams. And I also hope one of your first visitors afterwards will be . . . Jonnie Peacock. You are a special girl.
Braveheart Ruby Hamilton