An boy with a rare disease that affects four-in-a-million people had to have his leg amputated at the age of three.
The inspiring boy, Bradley Pedrick, now 13, has worn a prosthetic since the operation and has over a dozen of them in different colours and design.
The bone disease is called pseudarthrosis and can result in the tibia, a bone in the shin, breaking.
Bradley’s tibia was broken from birth which caused his left foot to be three shoe sizes smaller than his right foot.
As a result, he was unable to walk properly and had have his left leg amputated from the knee at the age of three.
Single mum, Cheryl Collings made the difficult decision to have his leg amputated, Hull Live reports.
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She had been informed of the disease when he was six weeks old, and he was bound to a pushchair as a toddler because his left leg did not develop as it was supposed to.
Talking about her son’s condition, Cheryl, 35, said: “You wouldn’t even know he’s got a prosthetic leg.
“From the start he’s never let it beat him.
“I’ve always let him grow up with the attitude of ‘if you want to do something just do it’.
“He’s had a little bit of bullying in school but he’s got that mindset where he doesn’t let it bother him. He’s incredible.”
She added: “He didn’t walk until he was two years old but his foot turned in and it was three shoe sizes smaller than the other.
“He limped a lot and had to wear a brace. His leg was just being held by cartilage and tissue.
“He would walk around the house but a lot of the time he would crawl.
“He would normally be in a pushchair when he was out of the house.”
Bradley’s leg was amputated at Bristol Children’s Hospital and the limb was sent to experts in the United States for further analysis after doctors were baffled by his condition.
Cheryl, a pole dancing instructor, said: “It was a really horrible decision to have his leg amputated.
“It was a question of ‘am I doing the right thing?’ Making that decision on behalf of a child is horrible.
“It was either a long road of splinting and therapy but his leg would have been too fragile for him to do anything.
“He got his first leg 12 weeks after surgery and he walked further than he ever had in his life.
“He gets prosthetic legs every so often as he grows. They last longer now because they’re expendable.”
Bradley now enjoys life at home with his two sisters and three brothers – aged eight to 16 – and he even won a sailing competition in 2019 that was organised by the RNLI.
His main ambition is to get a job as a police officer when he leaves school but he’s also said he wants to pursue a career in teaching sailing.
Cheryl said: “From the start it’s just been surgery and hospital appointments but it’s started to level out a bit now.
“He’s really been through it.”
Bradley has had two revision operations since the amputation to ensure that his leg remains suitable for his prosthetics.