A brave youngster who lost his leg in an horrific motorway smash is facing a major operation in preparation for a prosthetic limb.
Theo Ball was just six years old when the car his family was travelling in crashed and overturned on the M6 at Wigan on April 1 last year.
He was airlifted to hospital, where doctors battled to save his right leg but had to amputate at the knee.
Next month will return to Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where he will spend seven hours in theatre as doctors try to rebuild the tissue in his leg, making it suitable for a prosthetic.
But a previous attempt to graft the skin on Theo’s leg has failed. And if this tissue development is not successful doctors will have to take more off his leg.
The seven-year-old’s dad, Martyn, of Rosebery Avenue, South Shore, said: “The younger they are, the better they are at adapting. Theo doesn’t mention what’s happened, he just get on with it.
“It affects us more than it affects him.”
Theo’s mum, Jenny, said her son had made remarkable progress. She added: “He’s uses his wheelchair, but it’s hard to keep him still.
“He has always been active, and he’s determined to carry on regardless.
“Since the accident it hasn’t been as difficult as we had thought. We have some amazing people around us to help, as everyone has muscled in and tried their best to get things back to normal.”
Supporters rush to help Theo’s family
Since Theo’s accident, support has flooded in. Blackpool-based Donna’s DreamHouse has not only built a new garden for Theo with the help of Kirkham Prison, it is also housing the family while builders complete work on a downstairs bathroom.
Len Curtis, from the charity, said: “It is of great pleasure that I am able to help a local family in its time of need.”