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() This is the heart-warming moment a nine-year-old triple-amputee was left 'chuffed to bits' after being fitted with a 'bionic hero arm'.

Rinae Hedgecock, from Eccles in Greater Manchester, contracted a deadly strain of meningitis as a five-year-old and lost both legs, her left arm below the elbow and the fingers and thumbs on her right hand.

The schoolgirl took less than an hour to get used to the new hi-tech prosthetic which now means she can pick up a coca-cola bottle and even high-five her twin brother.

Brave triple amputee Rinae Hedgecock, nine, from Greater Manchester has been fitted with a brand new bionic arm at the Dorset Orthopedic Midlands Clinic in Burton Upon Trent

Brave triple amputee Rinae Hedgecock, nine, from Greater Manchester has been fitted with a brand new bionic arm at the Dorset Orthopedic Midlands Clinic in Burton Upon Trent

Pictured with twin brother Rico, nice, Rinae Hedgecock said now she can do things that she couldn't do before thanks to her bionic arm

Pictured with twin brother Rico, nice, Rinae Hedgecock said now she can do things that she couldn't do before thanks to her bionic arm

Rinae's father John Hedgecock, 39, started a fundraising campaign to pay for the £10,000 'bionic arm' and reached his target in 24 hours

Rinae's father John Hedgecock, 39, started a fundraising campaign to pay for the £10,000 'bionic arm' and reached his target in 24 hours

She made a remarkable recovery after she contracted meningitis but struggled with the NHS plastic prosthetic arm she had been given.

Rinae dreamed of getting a 'hero arm' - made by Bristol-based company, Open Bionics - to help her hold things, dress without help, and achieve a level of independence.

The bionic arms are the first medically approved prosthesis of their kind in Britain and allow for precise and delicate movements that other prosthetic hands cannot do.

Rinae (pictured) dreamed of getting a 'hero arm' - made by Bristol-based company, Open Bionics - to help her hold things, dress without help, and achieve a level of independence

Rinae (pictured) dreamed of getting a 'hero arm' - made by Bristol-based company, Open Bionics - to help her hold things, dress without help, and achieve a level of independence

Rinae was fitted with a brand new bionic arm at the Dorset Orthopedic Midlands Clinic in Burton Upon Trent after losing both legs and her arm to meningitis. Here she is pictured with her father John, 39, (left) and clinic manager Moose Baxter (right)

Rinae was fitted with a brand new bionic arm at the Dorset Orthopedic Midlands Clinic in Burton Upon Trent after losing both legs and her arm to meningitis. Here she is pictured with her father John, 39, (left) and clinic manager Moose Baxter (right) 

The bionic arms are the first medically approved prosthesis of their kind in Britain and allow for precise and delicate movements that other prosthetic hands cannot do

The bionic arms are the first medically approved prosthesis of their kind in Britain and allow for precise and delicate movements that other prosthetic hands cannot do

However, despite the revolutionary technology being recently made available in France, Rinae cannot currently receive it on the NHS.

Rinae's father John Hedgecock, 39, started a fundraising campaign to pay for the £10,000 'bionic arm' and reached his target in 24 hours.

Rinae then had the left arm fitted at Dorset Orthopedics in Burton upon Trent on Thursday this week.

Pictured with her father John, 39, and twin brother Rico, nice, Rinae smiles as she does a thumbs up with her pink bionic arm

Pictured with her father John, 39, and twin brother Rico, nice, Rinae smiles as she does a thumbs up with her pink bionic arm

Rinae said: 'It's amazing because the things that I couldn't do before, I can do them now.

'When I first put it on, it was really heavy but now I'm getting used to it.'

Her father John added: 'She is loving it and is proud as punch. She is absolutely chuffed. Her face lit up like a Christmas tree when she had it fitted.

'It has taken no time whatsoever for her to get used to the arm. She was virtually off and running in under an hour. She was

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