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Toddler Has Leg Pain - Hours Later They Have To Get Amputated (Photos)

A three-year-old young man told his mom his legs “wouldn't work” during a family trip to IKEA, and he ended up having both legs amputated only a couple of days later.

Romeo’s mother, Katie Hadley, 43, noticed purple bruising on his legs and his butt.

She took him to hospital, and it turned out Romeo had a very rare illness called Purpura Fulminans, a disorder that causes small blood vessels to start clotting within the skin.

Romeo was sedated and put on a ventilator in the ICU. His family was warned he might not survive the night.

“We were told by doctors that he had a huge fight on his hands,” Katie noted. “It was heartbreaking. We just kept vigil by his bedside praying that he would pull through.”

Doctors lacerated both of Romeo’s calves to relieve pressure and aid circulation. However, eventually both legs were amputated just above the knee.

When it was determined that more leg muscle had died, Romeo had to have another operation to remove more of his legs.

His dad explains what happened when they told Romeo about his amputated legs: “So when Romeo was lucid, after being sedated for two weeks, I told Romeo that his legs were poorly and a doctor had taken the bad bits away. At first he went quiet and couldn’t look at legs, but within hours he was talking and playing.”

Katie said: “He’s been such a brave little trooper throughout this. He's never without a smile and he’s got such a cheeky sense of humor despite what he’s been through. After we told him about his legs, one of the first things he said was that he’d no longer be able to wear his favorite tennis shoes.”

She went on to remark that “...he told me that at least I didn’t have to cut his toenails anymore. That’s something he’d always hated having done. He’s kept us all going, not the other way round.”

Source: Mirror
Photo: PA Real Life

Rare illness ends up causing a toddler to lose both of his legs.

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