My little girl went in for a mole removal and ended up having her foot amputated

A SCHOOLGIRL has been left without her foot after it was amputated following mole removal surgery.

Presley Downs' parents decided to have a mole removed from her leg, when doctors warned there was a 10 per cent change it could turn cancerous.

She was born with a rare condition called Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus – which covered her right thigh and foot in a dark skin patch.

But after the mole was removed, the open wound became infected and her foot had to be amputated.

Mum, Sonja, a teacher, said: “We were really worried when she was born as the condition she had was linked to melanoma.

“So we opted to have the nevus removed to get rid of the risk when she was 14 months old.

“Whilst she was having different skin grafts and different procedures in order to remove the mole, an open wound got infected.

“By the time they found it, it was too late, the infection was really fast moving.

“They removed the nevus, but they couldn’t save her foot.

“For a while, we were trolled by people saying that we removed the nevus for cosmetic reasons.

“It was never about that, we wanted to give Presley the best chance at living a long and healthy life. We never wanted her to lose her foot."

The couple went through a legal settlement after the incident, and got a pay-out which has been used to fund Presley's prosthetics and needs.

Despite missing a limb, Presley doesn't let it stop her – she can regularly be found climbing trees and doing gymnastics with her brother Madden, eight, and sisters Kennedy, six, and Aniston, two.

Sonja said: “She actually had her foot amputated before she had learned how to walk.

“She learnt to walk on her residual limb, and with prosthetics. Lots of people mention how well she walks on it.

“If you didn’t know her story, you wouldn’t realise she’s wearing a prosthetic foot.

“She started gymnastics with Kennedy about six months ago. It’s amazing how much she has learnt already.

“The beam is really thin, so she’s had to learn how to figure out where it is after a jump as she can only feel it with one foot.

“We got them a beam to use at home, and they both love to encourage each other.

“If Kennedy learns a new trick, Presley will want to do it too. “She has such a can-do attitude; she’ll keep trying until she gets it."


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