Sunderland boy gets further surgery as he recovers from flesh-eating bug

Frankie Mould, who suffered a with a flesh eating bug, has to undergo another operation
Frankie Mould, who suffered a with a flesh eating bug, has to undergo another operation
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A LITTLE boy who survived a flesh-eating bug is facing further surgery as his family battle to make his dream come true.

Just 24 hours before a special event is held for Frankie Mould, the 23-month-old will undergo another operation to repair his ravaged body.

The Hylton Castle toddler spent 12 days fighting for life after doctors removed skin from his back, chest, and one leg following the discovery of the necrotising fasciitis virus.

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, after a series of skin grafts, Frankie is slowly recovering back at his Wearside home with mum Lucy Dove, 25, and big brother Kayne, three. Tomorrow, he will return to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, where surgeons will remove a piece of skin from his back which is not healing properly.

On Friday, Lucy will host a fund-raising night at Infinity in High Street West, which aims to raise awareness of the disease and generate money to send Frankie on a dream trip to DisneyLand.

Lucy said: “Most of the skin grafts are now healing nicely and he seems happy within himself.

“We are back at the RVI on Thursday because a stitch in his back is not dissolving properly and needs to be cut out.”

Lucy 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 the RVI where he was diagnosed with the infection.

After spending days in an induced coma, the toddler woke up and underwent multiple grafts on his body.

Tomorrow’s fund-raising night will feature live music and a buffet.

Doors open at 7pm and admission is £4 on the door.

To find more out regarding Frankie’s appeal, visit Mould Appeal.