Remember what a big deal show and tell was? Very. Important. Business.
So you can imagine seven-year-old Anu’s trepidation when she stepped out on the playground at her Birmingham, U.K. school in front of all her friends, wearing her brand new pink prosthetic sports blade leg. But she needn’t have worried, because this was one show and tell the kids would be talking about for weeks.
Here’s the video of Anu showing off her new leg, posted by the BBC. Be warned, if you’re not cool with tearing up in front of people, don’t watch this in public.
Anu is seven and goes to school in Birmingham. Look what happened when she showed her friends her new sports blade. It’s just gorgeous!🏃♀️ pic.twitter.com/Aa1UlnhlQy
— BBC Midlands Today (@bbcmtd) May 3, 2017
If ever there was an argument for the the basic goodness and kindness of our kind, this is it.
“That’s your new pink leg?” one of the classmates asks, before Anu is ambushed by hugs. Then she sets off running, showing off the prosthetic’s athletic potential, as her classmates chase after her.
Anu, who had her leg amputated shortly after birth, had the blade made especially for her — that’s why it’s pink, her favourite colour — thanks to funding from a National Health Service program in the U.K. that put $1.9 million toward running blades, each costing between $2,500 and $6,500, for 500 children.
Anu has another prosthetic for everyday use, but this bespoke blade has some advantages. “It lets me run faster and do my street dancing faster,” she told the BBC.
However, it’s uncertain that when the leg needs replacing in two years — kids grow, you see — that there will be more funding available. Anu’s father says he’d sell off their home to give his daughter a “normal life.”
Until then, it’s “street dancing,” sometimes even in the living room. Catch a glimpse of what that looks like in this Facebook video.