LONDONDERRY, N.H. -- A 9-year-old girl who lost all her limbs to a rare infection will soon return home to a house dramatically remodeled by volunteers.
Bella Tucker hasn't been inside her house since she was first hospitalized in the spring. After months of treatment and rehab, she'll return to the same home, but nearly 300 volunteers have turned it into much more.
A new walkway has been added to the house with a wheelchair ramp.
"No matter what, Bella is able to get anywhere," said Tony Nigro of Suffolk Construction. "There's no place she can't get."
Nigro, the project leader, said that was the goal of the hundreds of volunteers that worked on the home. They installed hands-free toilets in the bathrooms and sinks in the kitchen with work surfaces low enough that Bella can cook with her mother.
Rooms were added to help with her medical needs.
"We created this room so that she can come in here and do all her physical training," Nigro said.
The training room will have a hospital atmosphere with filtered air and a built-in humidifier. When she's finished with therapy and wants to go upstairs, she can get there in the new elevator.
Her bedroom is painted in her favorite shade of blue and includes a wall unit where she can control heat and other functions. She has her own bathroom, and each room has it own intercom.
The home has ramps throughout and has doubled in size to 5,000 square feet. Sprayed-on insulation and a state-of-the-art boiler keep it energy efficient.
The volunteer project came together in about three months. Bella is scheduled to go home on Nov. 7, and the family plans to hold a block party to thank everyone who helped.