Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pollyanna's Dancing Dream

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pollyanna's Dancing Dream

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PICK OF THE DAY inventing the impossible: big life fix BBC2, 8pm POLLYANNA Hope is desperate to be a ballet dancer when she grows up. But the 12-year-old lost her leg in a horrific accident when she was just two, and struggles to achieve certain moves.

"In my ballet exam I got marks off because I didn't point my foot," she says. "It's quite difficult to point your foot when you don't have a foot."

Pollyanna has since given up doing exams, but footage of her pirouetting across a studio on her prosthetic blade demonstrates her determination. Enter the inventors and engineers of The Big Life Fix. This hugely emotional series sees teams of super clever scientists come up with ways to change the lives of those who face day-to-day difficulties.

Yusuf Mohammed is the inventor taking on the challenge of building Pollyanna a prosthetic leg that will enable her to go up on her tip-toes. …

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