A 3-year-old boy who complained to his parents that his legs “wouldn’t work” was rushed to the hospital only hours later to have them amputated.
Romeo Hadley was at an Ikea store when he expressed to his parents that his legs ached and he was unable to walk, reports the Mirror. His mother, 43-year-old Katie Hadley, noticed purple bruising on his legs and began to fear he had meningitis.
Romeo was rushed to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with purpura fulminans, a rare and sometimes deadly thrombotic disorder that causes small blood vessels to clot within the skin.
He was taken to intensive care following the diagnosis, where doctors sedated him and put him on a ventilator. The toddler’s parents were warned that he would likely not survive, reports Wales Online.
“We were told by doctors that he had a huge fight on his hands,” Katie said. “It was heartbreaking. We just kept vigil by his bedside praying that he would pull through.”
Two days after being admitted to intensive care, Romeo had his legs amputated above the knee in a 10-hour procedure.
“All we cared about was him getting through the surgery,” Katie said.
“Thankfully he did, then we faced the awful fact that we had to tell him he had lost his legs. He was a (soccer) mad little boy, always running around causing mischief, I was so worried about his reaction. 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.”
In response to the news that his legs had been amputated, Romeo maintained a bright outlook. “At least I won’t have to have my toenails cut now,” he reportedly said.
Six months and 36 procedures later, Romeo returned home last week and began adjusting to life without his legs.
“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,” Katie said. “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 (sneakers).”
Romeo's mother says: “He’s kept us all going, not the other way round.”
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