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How did Hollie Arnold lose her arm? Paralympian joins the I'm a Celebrity 2020 cast!

The cast of I’m a Celebrity 2020 has been confirmed, and it includes Paralympian Hollie Arnold. Hollie is missing the bottom half of her right arm, and she’s revealed exactly how it happened.

The wait is finally over, and I’m a Celebrity 2020 is almost here. The new series starts tomorrow night (November 15th) at 9pm on ITV, and a brand new selection of celebrities will be entering the jungle. 

Well, it’s not actually the jungle, because it’s a little different this year. To comply with Covid-19, producers have swapped the Australian jungle for the Welsh Countryside, based around Gwrych Castle. 

One of the celebrities taking part is Hollie Arnold, a Paralympian athlete, and here’s exactly how she lost her arm. 

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Who is Hollie Arnold?

Hollie Beth Arnold is a British parasport athlete and Paralympian who competes in javelin. She was awarded an MBE in 2017 for her services to field athletics. 

The 26-year-old from Grimsby is the youngest ever field athlete to compete in the Paralympics, winning a personal best in Beijing in 2008 at just 13-years-old. Since then, she threw another personal best in London 2012 and then won gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016. 

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In 2018, she became the first ever Javelin thrower in history to hold all four major titles in the same Paralympian four year cycle, and she also holds four consecutive world titles. 

She is also an ambassador for two charities, Caudwell Children and St Andrews Hospice. 

How did Hollie lose her arm?

Hollie competes in the F46 Javelin category, and people in this category either have a single below or above the elbow amputation. 

However, in her I’m a Celebrity 2020 interview, Hollie revealed that she didn’t actually have her arm amputated, she was born with only one arm. 

According to the Daily Mail, doctors discovered that Hollie was missing the arm below her right elbow when on a scan when her mother was 20 weeks pregnant. 

Hollie’s mum told the Daily Mail: “It was a massive shock. I was referred to another hospital for a high definition scan as the doctors were worried that something else would also be wrong with the baby. Luckily they discovered she was perfectly normal, apart from her missing arm, and they couldn’t explain why it had happened.”

She was fitted with a prosthetic arm at just three months old, but as she got older she preferred not to use it.

Then, after she competed in Beijing in 2008, she was made a new £5000 arm by Rehab Prosthetics, a company that makes prosthetic limbs for injured soldiers which hugely improved her balance and confidence. 

Hollie Arnold is on I’m a Celebrity 2020

Hollie has been confirmed to be appearing on I’m a Celebrity 2020. 

Speaking to ITV about her I’m a Celebrity appearance, Hollie revealed that she doesn’t want her appearance on the show to be all about her disability. 

“I don’t want it to be about my disability,” she explains. “Yes I have a missing arm and I’m in the Paralympics but I want to show people nothing stops me and it shouldn’t stop anyone else,” she said. 

The new series of I’m a Celebrity starts on Sunday, November 15th on ITV at 9pm. 

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