A 10-year-old girl from east Belfast has taken her support for the Northern Ireland women’s football team to a new level with a special wrap for her prosthetic leg.
Football fanatic Mya Darragh, whose leg was amputated when she was just one year old, wanted to do something special to support the players as they take part in the European Women’s Football Championship ‘.
Before the team face England tomorrow night, Mya showed off the unique packaging, which was made by Art In Motion in Lisburn.
The schoolgirl suffers from a rare condition called shin hemimelia, which led to amputation and will require ongoing treatment throughout her life.
Last year, she was named “Inspirational Young Person of the Year” by Radius Housing.
Her mother, Nicole Sloan, said Mya didn’t let her disability stop her from playing a full role at school, home and in the community, especially with her love of football.
She said her daughter, a pupil at Euston Street PS, ‘tries not to let her disability get her down, but she has to work harder than most children to achieve the same as them or to reach milestones “.
“She’s a loving, caring, kind child who understands difference more than most,” she said.
“Mya faces adversity every day, experiences different treatment because of her appearance, and constantly has to overcome obstacles, so that she understands how others who are different feel.
“But she doesn’t let anything stop her and she gets involved in all the football, Radius community projects, programs and activities and helps other kids do the same.
“We are so proud of her and her passion for always getting the best out of the task she faces, and we know she will be cheering on the NI team at the Euros.”
John McLean, chief executive of Radius Housing, said that despite the difficult challenges, Mya “is not letting her physical condition limit her, as she takes a full and active role in school life and her local neighborhood”.
“What’s so clear is the positive impact her attitude ‘can and will do’ on everyone around her and she inspires others to live life to the full the same way she does,” did he declare.
“Mya is the epitome of an inspiring young person, and seeing all she has done to show her support for the Northern Ireland team as they compete in their first major competition is no surprise. surprise.
“I hope she inspires the team the same way she inspired Radius and its local community.”