Parents want the best for their children. They want them to be healthy, successful, and happy.
Sometimes though, the worst happens. The child gets very sick and doctors cannot guarantee how long they have for this world.
Taylor Lewis was a perfectly healthy baby until he was 8 months old. On April 20, 2015, he was diagnosed with meningococcal septasima (Meningitis Type W).
At Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, England, he was put into a medically induced coma so they could fight the disease.
After 17 days, he was out of immediate danger, despite the fact that the doctors told friends and family to prepare themselves for the worst.
His family created a Facebook page for him, entitled Taylor’s Journey, so people could follow his progress and send well wishes.
According to the page, “He [is] a double through knee amputee and he also lost all his finger and thumbs, but is now in the process of having digits made on both hands.”
Taylor, now 3 years old, has Spiderman emblazoned prosthetics, and is able to walk with the aid of other people. On Feb. 15, he was caught on video taking his first steps all by himself!
Terri Lewsley, Taylor’s mom, reacted to the video. “I’m over the moon. To say what he’s gone through in his life, this shows he does not let anything stop him.”
It is reported that Taylor is completely obsessed with superheroes, and it is quite possible those stories of bravery have continued to inspire him on his journey.
Lewsley further commented, “He can do whatever he wants to do now — it’s really built his confidence. I knew this was going to happen, but not for a long time. I didn’t expect it to be so quick.”
Lewsley thanked the kind staff members at Westfield Nursery, Sandiacre, where Taylor spends time while she is at work. She said, “I was frightened of him being on his own at first without support but Ruth [Riley] who works there has been brilliant with him.”
Taylor and his mom live in Nicholas Close, Ilkeston, in a specially designed open floor plan bungalow. It is much easier for Lewis to get around and get used to his new superpowers there.
Taylor will continue to grow and become more mobile on his own. His next treatment will be to continue reshape his hands so he has more ability to use them.
A fund has also been established in Taylor’s name for well wishers to donate money.
The Lewsley family is hopeful for the future, and grateful for the community around them who have been so encouraging and helpful throughout these first few years of his life.
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