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Teen Tilly Lockey who overcame meningitis now trials bionic arms

THE incredible video below shows a teen who lost both hands to meningitis as a baby completing her makeup routine — using a bionic arm.

Tilly Lockey, 13 (pictured), can put on her eyeliner and use makeup brushes and blenders effortlessly without any assistance.

The inspirational girl has devoted her time over the years to raising awareness of the complications that can follow meningitis.

She needed 10 blood transfusions and lost both her hands after contracting meningococcal septicaemia at just 15 months old.

Tilly was given a zero per cent chance of survival by doctors but defied all the odds to beat the deadly disease.

She has previously been given bionic arms with basic functions and also trialled several others.

But at Christmas, Tilly was given her first set of comic book inspired ‘hero arms’ by Bristol-based technology company Openbionics.

The high-tech limbs can function as normal hands and were tailor-made for Tilly on a 3D printer.

The bionic arms are the first medically approved prostheses of their kind in Britain and allow for precise and delicate movements that other prosthetic hands cannot make.

Simple things: Tilly lost both her hands after contracting meningitis aged just 15 months

Tilly uses the arms to paint, play games and give a ‘thumbs-up’ to her friends but she has also started to use them to put on her makeup.

She has followed makeup blogs and now posts tutorials and videos online.

Her mum Sarah Lockey, 39, who works for the charity Meningitis Now which supported her daughter, said: ‘She finds the arm so useful.

‘Tilly posted a video doing her makeup on her Twitter last year and everybody seemed to love it.

‘She mainly started to put makeup on when she became a teenager so the arm has been such a huge help.’

Tilly also lost the tips of her toes when she contracted meningococcal septicaemia.

Last Christmas Tilly was given her set of ‘hero arms’ by Bristol-based technology company Openbionics

At just three years old, she received a pair of ‘myolectric arms’ which only had basic functions of control.

For years after the surgery, Sarah desperately tried ways to get her the best prosthetics, fundraising and researching.

However, in 2016, Tilly was the first child in the world to be given trial ‘bionic arms’ by Openbionics in Bristol.

The new ‘hero arms’ — given to Tilly last year — use sensors within the casing to respond to her movements and are designed to have all the functions of real limbs.

It means she can now interact with friends and family — including dad Adam Lockey, 38, and sisters Tia, 15, Lucyanna, 11, and Hermione, seven — in the same way as any other teenager.

Feeding time: The bionic arms are the first medically approved prostheses of their kind in Britain

Her mum Sarah, from Consett, County Durham, said: ‘She can do everything with the arms.

‘When she was diagnosed with meningitis as a 15-month-old I was told she had no chance of survival.

‘To see how far she has come is incredible, I am so proud of her.

‘Tilly has become a triallist for the company now so she gets sent different designs and is used to test them for other children.

‘She has tested around eight different designs since 2016 and they can then be altered and developed to be better for people in the same position.’

Last week, Tilly headed to London to model her hero arm at the premiere of Alita: Battle Angel in the West End — complete with a custom arm to become the character.

Supergirl: Tilly with mum Sarah and father Adam at home in Consett, County Durham PICTURES: SWNS

Sarah added: ‘She has achieved so much already in her life.

‘We just want to keep raising the awareness of everything she went through and how much these arms can help children.’

The ‘hero’ limbs cost some £10,000 per arm to buy, although Tilly has trialled several sets in her role as an ambassador for the company.

The teen said she loved the simple things about the arms, explaining: ‘I really love how I can now hold two things at once.

‘It sounds really simple and it is probably what a lot of people take for granted but to me, to be able to hold a book in one hand and a pen in another while I’m studying, is great.

‘I also love how cool they look, they’re lots of fun and I’m proud to wear them.’