A boy who was cruelly beaten by his parents when he was just over a month old has now taken his first steps thanks to his new pair of prosthetic legs.
Tony Hudgell, 4, of Kent, had to have his legs amputated when he developed sepsis after being tortured by his parents as a baby.
At just 41 days old, the toddler was taken to hospital with multiple organ failure and sepsis after being abused by Jody Simpson, 24, and Tony Smith, 47, the MirrorOnline reports.
Doctors didn’t think Tony would survive, but after fighting for six weeks, they miraculously managed to save the boy.
The little boy has now been given the chance of a new life thanks to his adoptive parents, who were thrilled to see him finally being able to take his first steps with his Spider Man legs.
‘He’s never been able to walk so we didn’t know how stable he would be. But he mastered that walking action very quickly so we remain optimistic,’ his new mother Paula, 51, said.
She described the legs as having a broad bottom and anti-slip rubber on the soles, making them stable for the four-year-old to stand on.
‘Tony’s bones are still in a mess after the abuse. One leg is shorter than the other and when you see him next to other children you notice how short his thigh bones are.
‘But he’s using his legs really nicely so we’re keeping everything crossed,’ Paula said.
The prosthetic legs, manufactured in Luton, are made up of a pair of Lycra leggings, a fibreglass structure and a softer, spongy lining tailored just for Tony’s little legs.
Paula said the boy’s biological parents were last year jailed for ten years, the maximum sentence for child cruelty.
But she told the newspaper she wants to change the law so that the offence is treated like murder.
The Hudgells have set up a crowdfunding page to raise money for disability equipment and to make their house wheelchair accessible for Tony.