A toddler born with a leg abnormality underwent an amputation at just 20 months old – and his sweet reaction was saying “all gone!”
Brave Ollie Jeys had an amputation last month at Birmingham Children’s Hospital so that one day he will be able to walk – and his reaction was adorable.
The tot, from Hall Green, Birmingham, was born with a condition which meant bones in his leg didn’t grow properly, and the leg became shorter than it was supposed to.
It caused foot and ankle abnormalities – and mum Chloe Savage, 22, was told he would likely never be able to walk.
So the single mum opted for an amputation for her son so he can get a prosthetic leg and learn to walk just like all his peers.
After several weeks in a cast, when he saw his leg stump nearly a month after the amputation, Ollie’s adorable reaction was to say - "all gone!"
What did Ollie’s mum say about his operation?
University student Chloe said: "This was the first time he saw it - he was a bit shocked. He didn’t really understand why it had happened, he just knew it wasn’t there any more.
"Then it was straight back to watching TV for him - he wasn’t too bothered.
"In fact, he was more annoyed that I had to take him to hospital to get a new cast put on than the actual amputation!"
Why did Ollie need the amputation?
Twenty-month-old Ollie was was born with fibular hemimelia - where his fibula bone was missing and his tibia bone was half the size it should be.
The condition caused his ankle to be twisted and he had toes missing.
So Chloe opted for Ollie to have an amputation after doctors warned other treatments wouldn’t work because his was a severe case.
On February 24, the little boy went to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and underwent a six-hour amputation of his right leg.
Chloe said: "The days leading up to the amputation were the most difficult - it was the anticipation of it. It was a massive relief once it was done.
"His leg before wasn’t painful but doing it now means he will be able to learn to walk with a prosthetic.
"He will grow up and won’t remember a time before the amputation, so it will feel totally normal to him growing up."
How is Ollie’s recovery going?
A month on, Chloe said the healing process is going well - and Ollie saw his stump for the first time after his cast came off on March 19.
He had a cast re-applied after it came loose, but it will be off for good in a couple more weeks time.
Soon after, he will be fitted for his first prosthetic leg, and he will begin learning to walk with that.
Chloe said: "He is back at nursery now and he’s doing really well.”
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