This time last year the family of Annabelle Collins was prepared for the worst.
Critically ill, the Rosyth youngster battled for life.
Now the five-year-old is proving a big inspiration for her fightback after being struck by a rare combination of encephalitis, a swelling of the brain, and enterovirus.
She has had to learn to speak, read and walk all over again.
But now the Queensferry Road girl’s remarkable road to recovery has seen her shortlisted for a prestigious UK Kids Count inspiration award, after being nominated by local MP Douglas Chapman.
Rosyth SNP councillor Sam Steele, who highlighted Annabel’s story to the MP, said he was “privileged” to help give the recognition she deserves.
Annabelle’s parents, Steven and Yvonne, are delighted with her nomination
Yvonne, 33, said her daughter’s attitude was inspiring.
“Her life’s completely changed from this time last year – she’s now registered disabled and has got a wheelchair.”
Despite that she has a “real thirst for life and loves to be involved in everything”.
“She doesn’t let it get her down, even though some days are really difficult for her,” she added.
Annabelle fell ill last November and, with her condition deteriorating, she was transferred from Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital to Edinburgh Sick Kids.
With her condition becoming critical, medical staff prepared the family for the worst. However, she began to slowly recover and endured weeks of intense physiotherapy to learn to walk again.
Now the uncomplaining youngster is back part time at St John’s Primary.
Yvonne said staff and pupils had been an amazing support as had her sister Bethany, 3.
Annabelle is nominated in the “inspire the house” category of the awards where inspirational young people are recognised in Parliament.
Touched to hear of her cheerfulness and bravery, Mr Chapman said: “It’s a real privilege to highlight her journey back to fitness.
“She’s a cheery soul who brings joy to her family in what has been a difficult year for them.”
Sam was delighted the “remarkable wee girl” has been shortlisted for the awards which take place next month in the House of Commons.
“The family have been through so much and Annabelle’s strength and good humour are truly inspirational,” she added.