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Thankful to be alive. Matthew thanks doctors who saved his life after holiday went tragically wrong.

It was a family holiday that went tragically wrong but Matthew Parkes says he's thankful to be alive. He picked up a common infection which had catastropic results and left him in a coma for two months.

Although life will never be the same again the young father from Bramhall in Cheshire is now starting to plan for the future.

In his first television interview since waking from the coma, he's been telling Elaine Willcox how grateful he is to the doctors who saved his life

Fundraising campaign for dad facing multiple amputations

Matthew Parkes and his wife Pamela on their wedding day.

The family of a man who faces multiple amputations after being struck with a rare disease say they need to raise thousands of pounds for prosthetics.

Matthew Parkes, from Bramhall in Stockport developed pneumonia, suffered organ failure, and lost a lung.

The family of Mr Parkes believe he has Group A streptococcal meningitis

He was celebrating his 5th wedding anniversary in Majorca at the time.

His wife Pamela spoke to Granada about their ordeal:

CLICK to find out more about streptococcal meningitis and the fund raising appeal for Matthew.


Investigation into body found in Bramhall pond

Investigators at the scene in Bramhall last night Credit: ITV Granada

Police are investigating after the body of a young man was pulled from a pond in Greater Manchester.

Rescue teams were called to Bramhall yesterday afternoon and found the man thought to be in his late teens.

A post mortem will be carried out today to work out how he died.

The scene in Bramall where the body of a young man was discovered Credit: ITV Granada