HARVEYS STORY

•"The meaning of the name HARVEYis BATTLEWORTHY"

•My name is Harvey Phillips.

•I live in Louth ,Lincolnshire, with my dad Darren (daz), mum Lisa and sister Kayla.

•On Friday 24th June 2005 my life changed forever.

•I was nine and a half months old at the time and we were staying at my auntie Claire's in Sheffield , getting prepared for a suprise party for my Nan Nan's 50th birthday. I was a bit off colour the night before, which was put down to teething and coming down with chickenpox as i had been in contact with it days previously and had a couple of spots. Didn't wake for breakfast as usual ,this was put down to a restless night and onset of chickenpox. Mum realised something was wrong i was limp-pale-breathing etc... 999 was dialled and an ambulance was sent for, i was taken to SheffieldChildrensHospital (a short journey away) , there Mum and Dad were told i was being treated for meningitis

•From leaving my auntie's to arriving at hospital a rash appeared (purple/black blotches) dramatically all over my body . I was taken to intensive care, ventilated and put in an induced coma. All my vital organs were failing. Doctors and nursing staff did all they could to save my life, but mum, dad and family were told to expect the worst as everthing medically possible was being done.

•I was baptised later that night.

•Complications with meningicoccal meningitis is the septiceamia,my extremities were dying(going black) fingers, toes creeping upwards and getting worse every hour.Now it was up to me. I held on, a few days later my first amputation took place,(my right arm just below the elbow) this was a turning point, i slowly began to show signs of improvement.

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•More operations followed, the fingers on my left hand were amputated, surgeons tried to save my legs but to no avail they were amputated at the knee. Also after tests i was diagnosed as having chickenpox as well. Slowly i began to recover and was moved to a ward after three weeks in intensive care, then allowed home having to visit hospital for dressing changes and revaluation of the painkilling drugs i had to take numerous times a day.

•Mum, Dad and kayla have been brill coping with all the traumatic events :-

•A lot of sleepless nights

•A lot of visits to hospital in Sheffield

•Physio/ot/rehabilitation visits.

•My scars slowly healed, after numerous frustrations i started to adapt to play with toys especially cars, feeding myself and walking on the remaining parts of my legs, as well as the usual squabbles with Kayla my sister.

•I got my first artificial legs which were a bit awkward to use, then a second pair (pictured) that were better also a walking frame to hold on to, i was getting there. Now i've got my third pair, (they are red which i requested) and finally i took my first steps unaided. My most recent operation was on the palm of my left hand, surgeons made a permanant insision across the palm, this has enabled me to hold crayons,pens,toys and feeding myself better.

•Mum and Dad want me to lead as normal a life as possible and encourage me all the time. I started private nursery at 18 months old, all the staff were fantastic and encouraged me in all activities.

•In January 2008 i started mainstream nursery school, funding was approved and i have a one to one helper. Also i got an artificial hand/forearm this year, i will let you know i get on adapting to using it. There will be a lot of obstacles to overcome throughout the years but i am sure i will keep you up to date with the news.

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•I would like to thank all hospital staff who have helped me, also staff at private nursery and staff at my new school, also all the media who follow my story and all who have contributed to fundraising and all who made donations.

•A great big thank you to all my family, friends and thank you Mum, Dad and sister Kayla for all your patience and understanding, and not forgetting Daisy the dog.