A young amputee forced by a lifelong condition to have both legs removed has become a model.
Born with ‘clubfoot,’ meaning she had both feet backward, Lizzy Holmes, 24, had suffered from chronic pain throughout her life and has undergone 36 operations, the first when she was just ten weeks old.
She had her first leg amputated below the knee the day after her wedding to 21-year-old Private Lewis Georgeson. She has now had her other leg amputated, but that hasn’t stopped her from launching a modeling career.
Lizzy, from Oakwood, Leeds, was born with the condition, which has meant a lot of pain and operations, and regular doses of morphine to control the pain.
“I may never be completely pain-free, as how I’ve walked affected my spine, but I feel so much better already,” she said.
‘While I’m fit and young, I can adjust to my new life. I don’t let my disability stop me from doing anything. I love swimming and want to raise some money myself to buy special wet legs to swim properly.’
The 24-year-old, who has undergone 36 operations, the first of which when she was just ten weeks old, defied the odds and signed her first modeling contract.
Lizzy trained as a nurse for two years but had to quit due to the heavy lifting required for parts of the job. In addition to her work as a model, she is now studying at the Open University to become a primary school teacher.
Her sister Amy said her brother’s modeling offer was “incredible.” “I have watched my sister suffer through 23 years of pain, and she has had over 30 operations,” she said.
“Since the second leg was removed, it’s been going from strength to strength.” For her amputation procedures, Lizzy was treated in Sheffield by orthopedic surgeon Mr. Michael Dennison, who said she “has been brilliant.”
Lizzy’s condition is congenital bilateral equinovarus talipes, commonly known as ‘clubfoot.’
The NHS will give you two sets of prosthetic legs, one for everyday use and a pair of running or sports blades. She is also planning to raise money for unique prosthetic leg covers unavailable on the NHS.