Brave tot fighting back after losing all four limbs to deadly disease sepsis

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Doctors warned mum Abigail Wardle, 23, her son Oliver Aisthorpe would not pull through when a throat infection turned into the killer disease.

The 11-month-old’s leg “self-amputated” and came away in Abigail’s hands as she held him.

The illness then turned his other leg and both arms black and they had to be removed.

But now, after an incredible recovery, Oliver is back home and waiting for his first set of prosthetic legs.

Abigail said: “What we went through was horrendous and I had never been so scared in my life.

“He went from laughing and giggling to death’s door within 48 hours. Nobody knew what was wrong.”

Abigail first visited her GP on March 16 when she noticed the soft spot on Oliver’s scalp looked sunken.

But she was sent home with the advice to give him fluids and Calpol.

Within hours he deteriorated further and was taken to hospital, where doctors began battling to save his life.

Abigail, a jewellery designer from Cleethorpes, Lincs, said: “I knew he was not well and he needed to see a doctor, but I didn’t have a clue that he could have had sepsis.

Sepsis

DIAGNOSED: Oliver’s legs ‘self-amputated’ and came away in his mum’s hands when she held him (Pic: Caters News )

“My gut said he wasn’t right so I took him to the hospital and within minutes a nurse had whisked him off and he was being put under anaesthetic. Everything was a blur. I still had no idea what was wrong with Oliver. I was just trying to hold it together as they were putting him to sleep.”

Oliver’s situation escalated drastically and he was put into a coma as his hands and feet started to turn purple.

Doctors discovered that the sepsis had developed from an undetected throat infection.

Abigail and Oliver’s dad, Sam, were twice told that he was not going to survive and they asked the hospital chaplain to baptise their son.

Abigail said: “A doctor sat us down and said, ‘Your son is very poorly’.

Abigail Wardle

DEADLY: Doctors told Abigail Wardle her son Oliver Aisthorpe would not the survive the disease (Pic: Cater News )

I just thought, ‘I know that, he’s in a coma and hooked up to a load of machines’. But I had no idea how ill he was.

“It was only when a nurse came over to speak to us and burst into tears that I realised how serious it was.

She told us, ‘We don’t know which way it’s going to go but it doesn’t look good’.”

Oliver survived with no damage to his brain but suffered lasting damage to his limbs, which went black and effectively died off.

Abigail said: “Oliver was out of the woods by this point, but they kept delaying a date for his amputations to try to save more of his leg. But I could see his body was trying to get rid of it.

“The limbs were heavy and uncomfortable and Oliver was miserable. I know it sounds like an odd thing for a mother to say but I was desperate for them to take them off.

“One day, a nurse was helping me lift Oliver from his bouncy chair back into the bed and his leg just came away.

“The doctors came running in and asked me if I wanted to leave the room because it was quite distressing.

“I told them, ‘My son’s leg has just fallen off and is hanging on by a thread. I am not going to leave him here’.”

LIFE-THREATENING: Abigail

LIFE-THREATENING: Abigail noticed the soft spot on Oliver’s scalp looked sunken in March (Pic: LIFE-THREATENING: Abigail )

She added: “Once he had his limbs removed, he was like a different child – so happy and full of life. It seemed like a relief for him.”

Last month, Oliver was discharged from hospital and is now getting used to life without his limbs.

Abigail said: “Already, he is trying to work out how to roll over and play with his toys with his stumps. I have to be positive because Oliver will copy me – it is my job to teach Oliver how to handle whatever life throws at him.

“I want his story to be used to spread awareness and teach other parents, and GPs who maybe don’t have specialist paediatric training, about the signs of sepsis. I want some good to come out of what happened to Oliver.”

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