Tragic little girl loses all her limbs


Selena and Peter plan to have a family game night once a week, and Selena will make her special taco dinner that Bella has requested every week since the beginning of her stay in the hospital.

Last week Bella was transferred to the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston to begin her road to recovery, but was back in the Boston Children’s Hospital within 24 hours because she got pneumonia.

“It was a setback but it’s very important that her health is at it’s best before she goes onto the next stage,” said Roarty.

After a month or two in Spaulding Bella will be transferred to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia where she will learn to use prosthetic limbs and get back on her feet again.

“We don’t know exactly when she will receive the prosthetic limbs, but when she is released from Boston she will learn how to use models and go from there,” Roarty said.

The cost is mounting for the Roarty family. Their home in Londonderry will need extensive modifications to accommodate a wheelchair.

Selena, who is also her primary insurance holder, must be by her side during the extensive rehabilitation process and therefore she will be unable to work (she is also a flight attendant with Jet Blue), causing the family to lose significant income.

Since her mother will be with her during this process, the family needs funds for daycare of their other children.  Lastly, she will be faced with medical challenges for the rest of her life.

Several fundraisers have been held in New Hampshire for Bella, and two have been organized for the New York area.

The first one is at Manhattan bar Blue Ruin, located on 538 Ninth Avenue, on Friday, June 18 from 8-11 p.m.

A second benefit if planned for Saturday, June 19 at the VFW in Lynbrook, Long Island from 7-11 p.m.

When Bella is in full recovery Roarty and his family plan to go to Ireland to visit the home of his parents.

“I go over there all the time, but Selena and I have been planning to bring the kids someday and my parents have a house there so we look forward to it,” said Roarty.

Donations can be made to the Bella Tucker Fund via the PayPal link or by mail to the Bella Tucker Fund, P.O. Box 199, Londonderry, New Hampshire 03053.

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