Ruby, 9, is the bravest girl in Scot­land

Ayrshire Post - - Bob Shields -

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

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