Meet Tilly Lockey – the amputee who defied doctor's predictions to learn the piano

02 June 2020
By Ellie Palmer
The 14 year-old lost both her hands as a child, but thanks to her bionic arms she has been able to learn how to play the piano

After suffering from Meningococcal Septiceamia Strain B at just 15 months old, Tilly's family were told she was likely to die. 

However, she incredibly survived after having her arms and toes amputated.

Now 14 years-old, she is able to play the piano using bionic arms supplied to her by Open Bionics – a UK-based company developing low-cost bionic hands. 

Tilly was originally told she would never be able to play the piano again, let alone walk or run. She has remarkably defied those predictions and now plays the piano to her 23,000 YouTube subscribers, as well as regularly posting make-up tutorials. Watch her perform Lady Gaga's Always Remember Us This Way below.

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Tilly appeared on ITV's This Morning on 2 June to perform and talk about her piano-playing. Check out the video below.


Tilly Lockey #thebionicgirl @tilly.lockey appears on ITV’s This Morning and moves viewers to tears after playing the piano. Tilly Lockey was told she would never play the piano left This Morning viewers feeling emotional after her stunning performance. Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield interviewed Tilly on Tuesday’s This Morning. The teenager then went on to play a stunning rendition of Always Remember Us This way from A Star is Born and viewers were completely moved by it. One viewer tweeted: ‘Gorgeous girl playing the piano who has no hands…..mesmerising!!!!!!! She is gorgeous!!!!!!’ To watch the interview: #ILostMyHandsButStillPlayThePiano #ThisMorning #TV #bionicallybeautiful #lachicabionica #BornToBeRealNotPerfect #openbionics #heroarm #alita #alitabattleangel #makeup #makeuptutorial #influencer #tillylockey #bionics #prosthetics #amputee #tillylockeymanagement #taintedltd #countydurham #northeast #model #tvpresenter #inspirational #eventprofs @ladygaga @minutevideosdotcom @fyi_skykids @braydonbentpage @rubyochapman

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Main image: © YouTube / Tilly Lockey