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Daisy-May Demetre, from Birmingham, said she & # 39; really proud of herself & # 39; was when she stormed the catwalk for children's clothing brand Lulu et Gigi during New York Fashion Week (photo: Daisy-May on the catwalk)
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A nine-year-old model, whose legs were amputated when she was a baby, has become the first double amputated child to run the runway at New York Fashion Week.

Daisy-May Demetre, from Birmingham, said she & # 39; really proud of herself & # 39; was when she stormed the catwalk for children's clothing brand Lulu et Gigi during the biennial event on Sunday.

The schoolgirl, who will also be honoring Paris Fashion Week later this month, wore a beautiful red dress with a golden lace overlay for her debut in New York.

Her father Alex Demetre, 36, told it BBC that they & # 39; great & # 39; was at the event and & # 39; felt really proud of himself & # 39; for her achievement.

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Daisy-May was born with fibular hemimelia, a rare defect that occurs in only one in 40,000 births where all or part of the fibula – the fibula – is missing, meaning she had amputated both legs when she was only 18 months old used to be.

Daisy-May Demetre, from Birmingham, said she & # 39; really proud of herself & # 39; was when she stormed the catwalk for children's clothing brand Lulu et Gigi during New York Fashion Week (photo: Daisy-May on the catwalk)

Daisy-May Demetre, from Birmingham, said she & # 39; really proud of herself & # 39; was when she stormed the catwalk for children's clothing brand Lulu et Gigi during New York Fashion Week (photo: Daisy-May on the catwalk)

She was accompanied by her elder sister Ella, 11, on the catwalk of the high fashion event.

Her father said: & # 39; Daisy and Ella both did great. (Daisy) ran like a pro and enjoyed it a lot.

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& # 39; She was really proud of herself for what she achieved. & # 39;

Daisy-May has been modeling since she was eight and was invited to walk in New York after Lulu and Gigi founder Eni Hegedűs-Buiron saw her at London Kid & Fashion Week.

The schoolgirl, who will also be honoring Paris Fashion Week later this month, wore a beautiful red dress with a golden lace overlay for her debut in New York (photo: Daisy-May with Eni Hegedus-Buiron, center)

The schoolgirl, who will also be honoring Paris Fashion Week later this month, wore a beautiful red dress with a golden lace overlay for her debut in New York (photo: Daisy-May with Eni Hegedus-Buiron, center)

The schoolgirl, who will also be honoring Paris Fashion Week later this month, wore a beautiful red dress with a golden lace overlay for her debut in New York (photo: Daisy-May with Eni Hegedus-Buiron, center)

Her father Alex Demetre, 36, said she & # 39; amazing & # 39; was in the event and & # 39; felt really proud of himself & # 39; for her achievement. Daisy-May can be seen on this morning in August 2018

Her father Alex Demetre, 36, said she & # 39; amazing & # 39; was in the event and & # 39; felt really proud of himself & # 39; for her achievement. Daisy-May can be seen on this morning in August 2018

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Her father Alex Demetre, 36, said she & # 39; amazing & # 39; was in the event and & # 39; felt really proud of himself & # 39; for her achievement. Daisy-May is to be seen on this morning in August 2018

Daisy-May, 18 months old, underwent surgery at the Birmingham Children's Hospital for an eight-hour operation to amputate her legs (photo: Daisy, 18 months old)

Daisy-May, 18 months old, underwent surgery at the Birmingham Children's Hospital for an eight-hour operation to amputate her legs (photo: Daisy, 18 months old)

Daisy-May, 18 months old, underwent surgery at the Birmingham Children's Hospital for an eight-hour operation to amputate her legs (photo: Daisy, 18 months old)

The designer called Daisy & # 39; beautiful and perfect & # 39; when she revealed that she would be the first double amputated child to walk an official New York Fashion Week show earlier this year.

In addition to her success at fashion events around the world, Daisy-May has also led a campaign for River Island and modeled on Nike, Boden and Matalan.

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Daisy-May was born with fibular hemimelia, a rare defect that occurs in only one in 40,000 births where all or part of the fibula – the fibula – is missing.

WHAT IS FIBULAR HEMIMELIA?

Fibular hemimelia is a rare birth defect that occurs in only one in 40,000 births.

It happens when part of the fibula – the calf bone – is missing.

It is currently unknown why fibral hemimelia occurs, but research indicates that if the genes that guide the formation of the limb are activated in an abnormal order, this can occur.

The majority of children born with the condition do not have a family history with other birth defects.

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Source: Paley Institute

It is even rarer that it affects both legs, just like with Daisy-May. She had no fibula in her left leg and only a small one in her right.

The condition was identified while she was still in the womb, leaving Mother Claire Reid (36) and her father Alex stunned.

Daisy-May, 18 months old, underwent surgery at the Birmingham Children's & Hospital for an eight-hour operation to amputate her legs.

She now has two sets of prosthetic legs – a pair of & # 39; activity sheets & # 39; similar to that worn by Paralympians and one more & # 39; basic & # 39; couple before school.

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And not only has Daisy-May learned to walk, run and cycle with the confidence of other children her age, she has also become an avid gymnast.

For her triumphant debut, the nine-year-old father praised his daughter for writing & # 39; a little bit of history & # 39 ;.

He said: & # 39; (Daisy is going to) write some history. It doesn't stop you; it absolutely does not stop Daisy. She is fitter than most adult men I know.

& # 39; But the modeling does not define Daisy, it's just part of what she does … she just does Daisy, it's the way she looks at life with a smile on her face. & # 39;

Daisy-May was born with fibular hemimelia, a rare defect that occurs in only one in 40,000 births where all or part of the fibula - the fibula - is missing. She has been pictured this month at New York Fashion Week

Daisy-May was born with fibular hemimelia, a rare defect that occurs in only one in 40,000 births where all or part of the fibula - the calf bone - is missing. She has been pictured this month at New York Fashion Week

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Daisy-May was born with fibular hemimelia, a rare defect that occurs in only one in 40,000 births where all or part of the fibula – the fibula – is missing. She has been pictured this month at New York Fashion Week

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