Four-year-old starts school – without his arms or legs

Brave little Harley Lane enjoys school life despite losing all his limbs to meningitis last year


Starting school for the first time is a daunting time for anyone. However 4-year-old Harley Lane has taken it all in his stride, despite losing his arms and legs last year after contracting meningitis and septicema.


The popular tot hasn’t let his shortcomings affect him and has enjoyed his first week at the Hazel Grove Primary school in Manchester.

“All the kids think they are his best friend. They are great and ask lot’s of questions,” Harley’s dad Adam said.

Harley is helped by a full-time teaching assistant and the school even had a hygiene room fitted to help keep Harley infection free.


After falling ill with meningitis last year, Harley slowly battled his way back to health at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Kind-hearted donators raised £565,000 for Harley’s treatment, which included new arms and legs, after hearing his story.

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