PROUD tears welled up in Sarah Smith's eyes as she watched her little son Finn take his first steps with his new "feet".

The Pacific Paradise mother was so relieved her little boy could have the future every parent imagined for their child.

It's a future where they can kick a ball, drive and walk to their first day of school.

Finn Smith gets his new feet.
Finn Smith gets his new feet.

"I am so proud to see him walk. I can imagine myself now at his first day at school and it will be so special," she said.

Finn, who had parts of his limbs amputated after contracting meningococcal in November, still has a long way to go.

He takes small steps with the assistance of a walker and isn't too comfortable on his carbon-fibre feet.

But Sunshine Orthopaedic Services orthotist Dewet Heyns said it would "open up a whole new world for him".

GREAT STRIDES: Sarah Smith is beaming as her son Finn takes his first steps on his new legs.
GREAT STRIDES: Sarah Smith is beaming as her son Finn takes his first steps on his new legs. Nicola Brander

Finn also may be able to have "flippers" attached to his stumps to help him swim.

And one day, he could have blades to make him run fast.

Mr Heyns said he was so impressed with Finn's courage and determination, and expected to watch him make huge strides soon.

Mrs Smith said neither she nor husband Jason ever doubted one day Finn would walk again.

"I always knew he would walk again, no matter what," Mrs Smith said.

"He is so determined, which he gets from both of us. It was a matter of when."

Finn Smith and mum Sarah
Finn Smith and mum Sarah

Like any other growing child, Finn will have to get new shoes each year. Except his shoes will be attached to new limbs.

"Every 12 months we will fit him with new limbs," Mr Heyns said.


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