A THREE-year-old girl given just three hours to live after being struck down with meningitis and septicaemia has amazed doctors by learning to walk again.
As little Erica Scoffings battled for life surgeons told her distraught parents they would have to amputate her feet and her right hand to save her life.
The infection had destroyed the tissue in her legs, toes and fingers but her mum Michelle and dad Michael pleaded with doctors to try to save her limbs.
Erica was in hospital for two weeks as she recovered. Since then she has had three further lengthy spells in hospital for painful skin graft operations on her legs.
Now seven months later she has taken her first steps and is able to walk several yards holding the hands of her mum and dad.
Michelle, 34, of Spital, Chesterfield, said they rushed Erica to Chesterfield Hospital after spotting a rash. She was then was transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s high dependency unit where she was fighting for life.
“Doctors and staff kept mentioning amputation and we were told they would probably have to amputate both her feet and her right hand.
“I remember saying ‘no way, Erica writes with her right hand and she loves drawing’.
“The infection killed the cells in her lower legs and Erica has so far had three skin grafts to cover the exposed skin and we have been in and out of hospital for long periods for the last eight months.
“At first we feared we would loose Erica, then when it looked as if she would pull through we feared she would lose her feet and her hand and then we were told she might never walk again.
“But Erica is a born fighter. She is a typical three-year-old girl full of fun and life and that’s how she is now even after all she has been through”
Dad Michael, 25, added: “When she was fighting for her life we promised her a big party when she got home complete with a horse and carriage ride from our house and that’s what we did. We held it at the local miners’ welfare club.
“There were 100 people there. Family and friends and a nurse from Sheffield Children’s Hospital who helped save her life. Erica was the star and she loved every minute of it.”