Crystal’s making the right moves

Crystal Price (8) with dance trophies she has won despite having memingitis as a baby
Crystal Price (8) with dance trophies she has won despite having memingitis as a baby

A GIRL who faced limb amputation as a baby has defied the odds to become a champion dancer.

Eight-year-old Crystal Price-Grant, who now attends Long Meadow School, was diagnosed with meningitis when she was just three months old. Her mum Stacey was told doctors could be forced to amputate her arms and legs.

But brave Crystal, from Shenley Brook End, fought back to beat the disease and is now one of the city’s finest performers, gathering medals and trophies all over the country for her dancing.

“We are so proud of her,” said mum Stacey. “She was three months old and really poorly.

“When the doctors told us she might have to have her arms and legs amputated, we never dreamed she would become a dancer.”

Crystal, like most girls her age, wanted to take up a dance class two years ago and is now addicted, winning competitions all over the country. And she’s even moving into a higher age group to compete with more experienced dancers.

She recently won an event in Walsall, earning glowing praise from her competitors.

“Now, she can’t stop.” said Stacey. “She’s competing with other dancers much older than she is and is beating them. She has so many trophies and medals.”