Paralympic hopeful Lyndon Longhorne has been fitted with revolutionary prosthetic limbs visiting after Preston’s specialist mobility centre with Dragon’s Den star Duncan Bannatyne.
Lyndon, 17, lost both his legs, an arm and the fingers of his other hand after contracting meningitis when he was a baby.
The new limbs allowed Lyndon to walk for the first time without crutches and will make a huge difference him.
Lyndon is hoping to make the GB Paralympic swim team for Rio 2016 after narrowly missing out on a place in the London 2012 team.
Unlike his old prosthetics, they bend at the knee allowing great comfort and freedom of movement.
They will also allow his to learn how to drive which will give him greater freedom and independence.
Duncan became a family friend after meeting Lyndon in 2009 at an awards ceremony to celebrate sporting achievement.
The business entrepreneur features Lyndon’s story in his new book and says the teenager is an inspiration.
Duncan said: “When I first met Lyndon four years ago, like everyone else in the room that evening, I was both incredibly moved and inspired by his story.
“I wanted to do everything in my power to help Lyndon achieve his goals.
“Despite what they have been through, Lyndon and his family have always remained positive and determined.
“These new limbs will make a huge difference to Lyndon and to his hopes of representing his country at Rio.
“Lyndon really is a fantastic role model for young people everywhere and it is great to see him get these state-of-the-art limbs that he deserves from one of the top limb centres in the UK.”
Lyndon’s mum Tammy Shreves, from Crook in County Durham, said: “I am pleased and proud to see Lyndon walk on his new legs for the first time. It was a very emotional experience.
“His old prosthetics were uncomfortable to walk in and Lyndon really disliked wearing them for extended periods of time.
“He is a very independent young man and I think these new prosthetics will really enable him to become even more self-reliant and to achieve his goal of becoming a Paralympian.”
Dr Frebus Jepson, Lyndon’s consultant at the Specialist Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre, part of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “Lyndon is an outstanding young man with huge potential.
“We are all very excited to see how he will progress with the new prosthetics.”