Boy Who Had Both Feet Amputated Rides Bike For First Time
A little boy who was given a 0.1 percent chance of survival after contracting sepsis which left him needing both his feet amputated has rode a bike for the first time.
Patrycja Szymańska, 28, was given the devastating news that little Oliwier would die in hospital after his sepsis led to multiple organ failure and necrosis when he was just two-months old.
But Oliwier managed to beat all the odds and is now a happy and healthy two-year-old.
Patrycja said that despite his double amputation, she wanted 'nothing to be impossible' for the youngster and was over the moon when he rode his bike for the first ever time.
She said: "It was an amazing moment when we first watched him cycle, he is such a brave and happy boy and doesn't let his condition get in the way of being a kid.
"He has been learning how to walk again over the last couple of years with prosthetics and has gotten really good with them.
"It has been a long process for us to get where we are now and seeing him engage in all the things children are supposed to do is amazing.
"Oliwier is developing properly, he is a real rascal and is better at walking in prostheses, he is always smiling and never gives up. There is nothing impossible for him."
Oliwier was diagnosed with meningococcal sepsis and necrosis and had to have his legs amputated in February 2018 after being taken into hospital.
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Patrycja said: "After two days, we heard that there is 99.9 percent probability that Oliwier would not survive it. He had septic shock, acute multi-organ failure, extensive necrosis of over 50 percent of his body and his kidneys were not working for almost a month.
"When his condition improved, they woke him up from a pharmacological coma and transported us to another hospital for surgery.
"They dealt with necrosis there, which took up over 50 percent of his body, it was on his calves, buttocks, hands from elbows.
"Doctors had to amputate part of the right foot and the left lower leg. He underwent many operations. The doctors had to cover the entire right lower leg with skin transplants.
"So when I think back to everything he has gone through, watching my little boy ride a bike for the first time was a magical moment."
Patrycja, who lives in Wroclaw in Poland, is now raising money so she is able to buy prosthetics for Oliwier as he grows - you can donate here.
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