A 19-MONTH-OLD toddler has woken from his coma after battling a flesh-eating bug.
Frankie Mould has spent the past 12 days fighting for life after a virus forced doctors to remove skin from his back, chest, and one leg.
The toddler’s family 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.
Now, following a series of skin grafts, doctors were able to wake Frankie up and reunite him with his family who having been keeping a vigil at his hospital bedside.
Mum Lucy Dove said: “This picture shows Frankie for the first time since we almost lost him. He was so happy to be cuddled, he couldn’t stop smiling even though he’s in so much pain.
“When he said ‘mum’ for the first time, I was just so happy.
“We’re amazed by what’s happened.
“That he’s come through this is a miracle to us all.”
“We know there is still a very long and scary road ahead, but each day we hope he gets a little bit better.”
Surgeons at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary are now monitoring how skin, removed from Frankie’s healthy leg and grafted on to his damaged body, takes to the affected areas.
Despite his progress, the family know there is still a long way to go.
Described as the “sickest boy in the country” by medics at the RVI, the toddler, from Hylton Castle, faces ongoing plastic surgery in a desperate effort to heal parts of his body devoured by the bug.
The family, including dad Wayne Mould, 25, have dubbed the medical team supporting Frankie in the intensive care unit as their “angels”.
Lucy, 25, first became concerned after her son started feeling unwell on Monday, April 8. Taking him to Sunderland Royal Hospital’s A&E department, Lucy noticed a lump developing on his back.
Frankie was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where he was diagnosed with an infection known as Nacrotising Fascitis.
The family say they have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from people across Wearside and are now fighting to raise awareness of Nacrotising Fascitis and its devastating effects.
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