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Quadruple Amputee Hits The Catwalk At New York Fashion Week

09/09/2014 11:59 | Updated 20 May 2015

Karen Crespo is the first quadruple amputee to walk the catwalk during New York Fashion Week.

31-year-old Crespo was fitted with prosthetic limbs after bacterial meningitis took her arms and legs in 2011. The Daily Mail reports she has still not been able to return to her job as a nurse - but three years after her illness, advertising executive turned fashion designer Carrie Hammer has helped Crespo make history.

The two began a correspondence after Crespo wrote to Hammer to say she was inspired by seeing a female model in a wheelchair on the runway for her Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

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Clearly Hammer, who designs collections to cater for all body types, was moved by Crespo's bravery and invited her to walk in her Spring/Summer 2015 New York Fashion Week show.

Watch this video that Hammer shared on Instagram - yes, she received a standing ovation and yep, it's the most empowering thing you'll see all day.

The video was captioned with the hashtags "#rolemodels #nyfw #carriehammer", and we can't think of a better role model than Karen Crespo. As for the red dress? So beautiful.

"Karen Crespo is one of the most gorgeous women I know, hands down," Hammer told ABC News. "Karen is going to inspire so many people. I hope she inspires the whole world."

Hear Crespo's amazing story in full below...

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