A BRAVE schoolboy who had his leg amputated after a horror car crash is finally back home with his family.
Theodore Ball, six, from South Shore was travelling with his mum Jennifer and three brothers on the M6 at Easter when the car left the carriageway, flipped and landed on its roof.
Although the rest of the family escaped with cuts and bruises, Theo needed to be airlifted to hospital where surgeons desperately battled to save his leg.
His parents Martyn and Jennifer from Rosebery Avenue kept a bedside vigil but sadly his limb had to be removed.
Just four weeks after the devastating accident however, a beaming Theo is back home and recovering well.
But Mrs Ball, 36 has clear memories of the fateful day.
She said: “The accident was horrendous, I just remember asking the boys if they were OK but Theo kept quiet.
“We were so lucky to be helped by an amazing bunch of people, one man helped stop Theo’s bleeding which doctors said could have saved his life.
“Truck drivers pulled in to keep us safe and a couple from St Annes looked after the other children so I could be with Theo.
“I held him and we prayed together as we waited for the air ambulance to arrive.
“I know we were lucky because the accident could have been so much worse.”
His brothers Eli, 14, William, 12, Sebastian, three, and cousins made welcome banners to mark his homecoming.
Theo’s school, St Cuthbert’s in South Shore, bought him a Nintendo DSi as he recovers and school friends are calling round to drop off work.
Family and friends are now working to establish a trust fund for Theo to provide for his extra needs in the future.
Mrs Ball added: “Everybody is delighted to have him home. The way he’s coped has been amazing, he’s never complained.
“He calls his stump Mr Short Leg and is looking forward to getting a prosthetic limb which he calls robot leg.
“He’s been an inspiration, our focus now is letting his wound heal and helping him adjust.”