A toddler who lost one leg to meningitis may have to have her other leg amputated, according to doctors.
The heart-wrenching bombshell comes just four weeks after three-year-old Amy Wolstenholme’s grandfather Anthony, who helped to take care of her, died.
Amy’s mother Jade, from Raven’s Close, Normoss, spoke to The Gazette of her agony at having to cope with her daughter’s condition without the help of her dad.
She said: “No-one knows how hard it’s been for me and Amy. I’m only 24 myself and to lose my dad has been awful.
“I’ve fought so hard to help Amy and my dad had been like a rock of support for me.
“I just think how much bad luck can the Wolstenholme family have? It’s just a nightmare and I don’t know what’s round the corner next.”
Amy was left fighting for her life when she contracted meningitis.
Jade had found a rash on her body in December 2010. Her left leg had to be amputated when the disease spread rapidly across her tiny body and left her covered in scars.
Almost 18 months after the meningitis struck, Amy was making progress and walking with a prosthetic leg. But doctors at Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital now fear she may lose her right leg too, as her ankle is weak and repeatedly breaks.
Anthony, of Marchwood Road, Grange Park, died aged 51 last month and Jade says eight-year-old son Connor is now stepping into the void to help his little sister.
She said: “He’s really good with Amy, he’s got a lot of time and patience for her. She’s been through such a lot.”
Family gets relief of a holiday offer
Last year the family enjoyed a holiday to Spain courtesy of St Annes-based charity Ray of Sunshine.
Charity founders, David and Dee Lee, offered the family a week at their luxury villa in Spain after reading about the toddler’s ordeal in The Gazette.
The family has also been given a week-long break at Pontins, in Southport, courtesy of the charity.
Mr Lee said: “They’re a lovely family and it’ll be nice for them to have a break.”