LITTLE stars Frankie Mould and his brother Kayne are shining brighter than ever after each facing a fight for life.
The pair have undergone more hospital procedures in their short lives than most people will ever have to face.
But now they are looking forward to a happy future together after being nominated for a Pride of Wearside award.
Frankie, of Hylton Castle, spent weeks fighting for his life after his little body was attacked by a flesh-eating bug earlier this year.
Put into a coma by worried medics, surgeons were forced to remove skin from his back, chest, and one leg.
The two-year-old’s family, including mum Lucy Dove, 26, were told to prepare themselves for the worst as surgeons cut right down to the muscle in a bid to stop the bug eating his whole body.
Throughout the following weeks and months, as Frankie began to recover, he had one trusted person by his side – his big brother, Kayne.
A year older, and a little bit bigger, Kayne sat with Frankie through all the hard times, reading him stories and pushing him around in his chair.
When his little brother was feeling sad, Kayne made him laugh, encouraging him to get back on his feet so the pair could play together.
What’s even more remarkable is that Kayne himself was born with a life-threatening hole in his abdomen and had to endure three major operations in as many months.
Arriving in the world four weeks premature, the youngster’s parents were told any minor infection could have killed him.
Fortunately, just like Frankie would a few years later, Kayne battled back.
Lucy and the boys’ dad, Wayne Mould, 25, could not be more proud of the pair.
Lucy said: “Frankie has made an amazing recovery but still needs more operations.
“He’s in pain daily. This isn’t something that’s going to go away. It’ll be here for the rest of his life.
“Even though he undergoes treatment daily, he’s such a happy little man. He always has a smile on his face.
“Kayne helped so much when Frankie was ill. I remember him sitting by his brother’s bedside at the hospital, just talking to him.”
The boys have both now been nominated for child of courage awards at our ceremony, due to take place at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Wednesday, November 20.
Lucy added: “If ever two children deserve this award, it is Frankie and Kayne.
“They are true stars.”