AN Ammanford girl’s story of determination in the face of adversity was shown on S4C over the weekend.

Alys Davies – who is now nine – has always been into dancing, following her mother and older sister into the world of creative dancing and would compete whenever she could.

Unfortunately for Alys, all that changed when on a Sunday afternoon in June 2022, she was seriously injured in a freak accident in the garden, when her leg was damaged by a lawnmower.

She was given emergency treatment at Swansea’s Morriston Hospital but would have to have her leg amputated below the knee.

Dad Dylan Davies said: “It wasn’t an easy thing to say. It’s a day I’ll never forget.”

Despite this, Alys was still determined and was back at school just two weeks later and walking with the help of a prosthetic leg just two months after.

Mum Nia Davies said: “If the physios came in the morning and set her a few challenges, well by the middle of the day she’d say ‘Mami, you need to tell them to come back because I can do that now.

“She turned a corner when she was given that leg. When she got home, she went straight to the park – after seeing that, I knew there wouldn’t be a problem.”

Alys was determined to dance again and wanted to compete with others from the Penrhyd area in the 2023 Urdd Eisteddfod in Carmarthenshire.

She began the process of being fitted with a specialist sports blade on her prosthetic to allow her to dance in February this year and was able to compete as part of the Urdd Eisteddfod earlier this year, less than a year after losing her leg.

Alys said: “I’m not going to let my leg stop me from doing what I love. I love dancing because it makes me feel that I am free.”

DRYCH: Stori Alys was broadcast on S4C on Sunday, December 10 as part of Disability History Month and is available to watch on S4C Clic and BBC iPlayer.