Mum’s warning as boy loses fingers and toes after waking up with horror rash

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Zoe Walne, 37, from Burnley, Lancashire said her “normal and energetic” 17-month old son Teddie woke up with a small rash but within minutes his body began turning dark purple

Teddie Walne-Stewart, 17 months, nearly died when an unusual red blotch turned into a dead rash within hours
Teddie Walne-Stewart, 17 months, nearly died when an unusual red blotch turned into a deadly rash within hours

A little boy is set to lose his fingertips and toes after waking up with a horror rash – but doctors say he could have died if it wasn’t for his mum’s quick-thinking actions.

Zoe Walne, 37, said her son Teddie, 17 months, had been a “normal energetic and mischievous” tot the day before he woke up with a little red blotch on his head on Easter Sunday.

The mum of four had left her partner Duncan Stewart, 39, at home in Burnley, Lancashire, to meet her mum for a walk – but by the time she had made the car journey, the blotches had spread to his tummy.

After calling 111, the stay at home mum was advised to keep an eye on it and wait for a follow-up call two hours later, but within minutes the blotches had begun to turn purple, more like “bruises.”

Zoe told The Mirror: “When he woke up he had a bit of an unusual rash, but it went downhill fast from there.







Teddie’s rash had started as a mystery blotch on his forehead, but soon spread life wildfire
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Teddie’s rash suddenly got worse
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“As I was getting him dressed I noticed the tiniest little pink mark on his forehead and thought it was strange.

“I thought ‘I’ll ask my mum what she thinks it is’, but by the time I got to my mum’s he had the same little marking on his stomach.

“I said ‘I’m just going to ring 111 because I’m not sure what they are’.

“The woman on the phone told me to keep an eye on them and said that she would get a doctor to ring me back in two hours.

“But within about 45 minutes the one near his neck looked like a bit of a bruise so I thought ‘I’m not waiting’.

“I rung back up and described it again and she said I’m going to ring you an ambulance.”







Little Teddie was swarmed by doctors who were forced to get to work before he had any pain relief
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Teddie’s rash developed within minutes and spread across his entire body
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Within minutes paramedics arrived and told Zoe they suspected Teddie had the “dreaded” meningitis.

Meningitis is an infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges) and can cause life-threatening poisoning of the blood known as septicaemia.

Paramedics gave him antibiotics and rushed Teddie to Blackburn Hospital, by which point Teddie’s rash had got even darker.

Zoe said: “It was a blur. When we got to the hospital the doctor said that is text book meningitis rash.

“They were all rushing around him doing things and they told me to call Duncan and I was starting to get scared.

“They said it was going to be really unpleasant because they didn’t have time to wait for the pain relief to kick in and they needed to drill into his shin bones.

“He was starting to bleed from his mouth and his nose, it was just terrifying.”







Dad Duncan holding Teddie before he fell ill
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Zoe claims doctors told her she had saved her son’s life by bringing him in when she did
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Teddie was sent to Manchester Children’s Hospital by emergency transfer, where he was rushed Intensive Care and put into an induced coma.

He stayed on life support and was administered a paralysis medicine while doctors placed him into a freezer jacket to try and cool his skyrocketing temperature.

After seven days, Teddie started showing signs of being able to breathe on his own and continued to get stronger with medication to fight the infection.

But doctors are now running tests to see if any brain functions have been affected while parts of his body were starved of proper oxygen and blood supply.

Teddie is also being cared for by a plastic surgery team who are trying to heal the huge blisters that have developed where the rash was.







Teddie will lose his fingertips and toes on his right side after contracting meningitis and septicaemia
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The tot has a long road to recovery ahead of him
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Medics have already confirmed that the septicaemia infection has claimed five fingertips and five toes, meaning he will need more operations on his life changing injuries.

Zoe’s brother Nathan has launched a GoFundMe page to support the family who rely on Duncan’s income as a self-employed gardener, but have now been unable to leave their youngest son’s bedside.

For now though, the couple say they are just grateful he is alive, and urged other parents to listen to their gut.

Zoe said: “I don’t think I have ever prayed as much in my life to be honest

“It’s the most terrifying thing I think I have ever been through.

“He has been such a fighter through it all. I keep thanking my lucky stars that he’s here.







Zoe has warned other parents to follow their gut instinct and not to wait if you feel you can’t
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Teddie had been a happy mischievous little boy just the day before
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“The doctors said to me ‘you need to realize you saved his life, because if you had waited for the doctor to ring you back Teddie wouldn’t be here now’.

“They said it could have been caused by someone kissing him, coughing near him, it could have been absolutely anything.

“They just can’t tell you and that’s the scariest thing.

“He was running round on the Friday and Saturday the same mischievous little boy eating chocolate.

“You wouldn’t have known anything was wrong if you’d have waited because that’s the advice you’ve been given by 111 but you’ve got to follow your gut, you know your child and if you don’t think you can wait, don’t wait.

“It was a matter of life and death for Teddie.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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