Sunderland boy leaves hospital after battling flesh-eating bug

Frankie Mould pictured with his mum Lucy Dove.
Frankie Mould pictured with his mum Lucy Dove.
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A BOY who battled a flesh-eating bug has been discharged from hospital.

Frankie Mould underwent major skin grafts after the bug consumed most of his little body, threatening his life.

Despite still going back to hospital three days a week, the 20-month-old is now finally home after two months of agonising treatment.

Frankie underwent an unprecedented nine-hour operation at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) after the Necrotising Fascitis bug began eating away at his back, sides, chest and left leg.

Surgeons removed healthy skin from his right leg and grafted it to the damaged parts of his body.

Although most of the grafts appear to have been successful, he is still having trouble with his shoulder.

“It’s struggling to heal,” said Lucy. “He has a lot of problems with the itchiness too and has to take medication to deal with it.

“But despite everything he’s been through, nothing stops him, he’s out there climbing and running about.”

The family, including big brother Kayne, three, are now preparing to move to a new home in Hylton Castle which will accommodate Frankie’s specific medical requirements.

“He needs his own bedroom,” added Lucy. “He wakes up a lot in the night.”

House provider Gentoo has decorated Frankie’s new room with his favourite character, the Gruffalo.

Anthony Longford, from Gentoo, said: “When we first heard of Frankie’s story, we knew there must be something we could do to cheer him up. We wish them all the best.”

Lucy first became concerned about Frankie’s condition when he started feeling poorly on Monday, April 8.

After noticing a lump developing on his back, she told staff at Sunderland Royal Hospital’s A&E department who transferred the youngster to the RVI.

The family, including Frankie’s dad Wayne Mould, 25, were told to prepare themselves for the worst as plastic surgeons prepared to remove Frankie’s skin right down to the muscle.

After days in a medically-induced coma, the tot was finally woken up and has continued to make good progress.

Friends are raising money to send the family to Disneyland Paris.

Model Grace Stobbs will be shaving her head at Sainsbury’s in Southwick on Thursday, June 20, while a fund-raising night is to be held in July.