Colne meningitis tot receives his new ‘legs’

Toddler, Louie Jenkins (pictured with his mum, Julie) has been fitted with his prosthetic legs.
Toddler, Louie Jenkins (pictured with his mum, Julie) has been fitted with his prosthetic legs.

A COLNE baby who survived meningitis is wearing prosthetic legs that will enable him to walk in future.

Louie Jenkins travelled with parents Julie (29) and Warren (31) to Seacroft Hospital, Leeds, on Wednesday to collect the limbs, five-and-a-half months after contracting meningococcal septicaemia.

Despite having fought it off, he had to have his legs amputated below the knee. He also lost fingers on his left hand and the tips of fingers on his right.

Since arriving back at his New Bath Street home in March, Louie, now 11-months-old, has recovered well.

The tot has also been the centre of fund-raising efforts, raising thousands of pounds, and his parents Julie and Warren Jenkins have been “overwhelmed” with the support.

Julie said: “He seems to be developing well and has learned to shuffle around. It has taken all this time to get to this stage, so it will just be a case of him getting used to wearing them.

“The support we have had has been overwhelming.

“People have been stopping in the street to see how he is, and amazing things have happened like people pushing money through the door.”

A Spiritualist Night fund-raiser is on Tuesday, July 3rd, from 7-30 p.m. at Colne Spiritualist Church, Spring Lane. Tickets are £5.

The Little LAMB (Louie’s Amazing Meningitis Battle) appeal set up last month has topped £2,500, and the money is to be set aside for Louie when he is older to fund specialist equipment he may need.