To say Charlie Cave is a lucky boy is an understatement. The 19-month-old toddler from Kempston in Bedfordshire almost died after developing a rare flesh eating infection following a bout of chicken pox.
He was just 13-months-old when medics at Great Ormond Street said it was unlikely he would survive. His parents Alan and Becky Cave say he’s quite literally one in a million.
Wednesday morning he just woke up with this awful swelling round his neck, so we called 111 that morning and they told us to take him straight down the the GP surgery and literally we were there for about three or four minutes and they told us to go straight down the hospital.
With a temperature of over 42 degrees and a heart rate of 227 Alan and Becky were told to prepare for the worst.
We were told because of all the swelling round his neck it was turning black and becoming worse and worse you could actually see it spreading you could physically see it move.
A one hour operation, two weeks in intensive care, kidney failure and a collapsed lung and somehow this miracle boy pulled through.
One in a million really and the doctors had said how poorly he was even in Great Ormond street he was kind of one in a million to pull through in terms of how very very sick he was.
The Cave’s now want to raise awareness about the condition.