Pendle tot beats fight against meningitis

BIG SMILE: Thomas Procter-Whitham (S)
BIG SMILE: Thomas Procter-Whitham (S)
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  • Little Thomas Procter-Whitham (3) has been given the all-clear after being diagnosed with meningitis earlier this year
  • His parents were told to expect the worst, but the idential twin has surpassed all expectations by fighting his way back
  • His mum Zoe has thanked the community who supported the family by holding fund-raisers while Thomas was in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool

A little boy has been given the all clear after a battle with meningitis.

The family of identical twin Thomas Procter-Whitham (3) have been left delighted after being told their brave boy is ready to be discharged from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool. He was expected to return to his Pendle home yesterday.

He is exactly the same, just a little monkey, cheeky, and still liking Spiderman

Thomas’ mum Zoe Procter

The tot has had his left leg amputated above the knee after being diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia.

But despite his parents Zoe Procter and Adam Whitham being told to expect the worst, Thomas surpassed all expectations and fought his way back to being his usual happy and cheeky self.

Care worker Zoe (30), who has been staying at Ronald McDonald House, said: “He is back to being the same boy he was.

“He is exactly the same, just a little monkey, cheeky, and still liking Spiderman.

“It usually takes a minimum of six months before they are discharged, but it has taken two and a half, which is just brilliant. Thomas has played a big part in fighting his way back.

“Every time Thomas grows we will have to go back for another cast and there will be a lot of legs as he is growing up.

“When he is in his late teens he will get a more permanent leg, but we will back and forth to Preston once or twice a year.

“We don’t know if he will have learning difficulties or memory problems but that is just a waiting game.”

Following Thomas’ initial diagnosis, the community pulled together to raise money for his family.

From various events at Newtown Nursery, to an egg-stra special raffle organised by Matthew Eyre, to a cake sale at the Helen Green Academy of Dance, Zoe has been left overwhelmed by support.

Zoe, of Sheridan Road, Laneshaw Bridge, added: “I would like to say a special thank you to Matthew and all the people donating eggs, and a massive thank you to Newtown Nursery who have themselves taken part in fund-raisers as well as doing their World Book Day as a fund-raiser for Thomas.

“I would also like to thank Laneshaw Bridge Primary School who have also done a fund-raiser. Parents there have contributed towards journey costs.”