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5 Year Old Raises 1 Million Pounds for chosen Hospital

by Kloe Forster

Ahh, we are just so proud to read this inspirational story of the phenomenal 5 year old, Tony Hudgell, who has raised 1 million pounds for Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which saved his life.

Tony is a double amputee, he had both of his legs amputated when he was just a baby after being abused so badly by his birth parents.

At just 41 days old, Tony suffered horrific abuse at the hands of his biological parents. He suffered multiple fractures, dislocations, blunt trauma to face leading to multi-organ failure, toxic-shock and sepsis. He ended up on life support and seconds from death.  

Then, sadly in 2017, he needed to have both his legs amputated due to those extreme injuries. His left hip is dislocated and missing the ball joint due infection, he has hand issues and deaf in his right ear.  

Little Tony was inspired by Colonel Tom Moore’s sponsored walk back in May – he said “I saw him on TV walking other other day, and I said, I could do that…”

He originally set out to raise £500 for walking the distance over 30 days in June but he actually completed his walk early achieving 10km in just 26 days! He kept up his his daily walking until the end of the month.

The first walk on his new prosthetic legs took him over an hour.

Take a look at this video of his amazing story:

Tony has learnt to walk with his new prosthetic legs and raised £1m+ for the hospital that saved him

👏 This is the moment Tony Hudgell completed his 10km walking challenge. He's raised £1m+ for the hospital that saved his life. This is Tony's story ⤵️

Posted by BBC Breakfast on Wednesday, July 1, 2020


Tony’s adoptive father Mark Hudgell said to the BBC: “As a family we are all incredibly proud at what Tony has achieved.

“The level of donation and the improvement in his walking over the past 26 days has blown away all expectations.

“The support and kind words we have received is phenomenal – from friends, the local community, throughout the UK and even worldwide.”

Mr Hudgell said: “Tony will continue to improve his walking with the aid of crutches.

“However in the past two days, with the confidence he has gained from this experience, he has tried to stand up and take a step unaided – this will be his next challenge.”

Janet Powell, the director of nursing at the Evelina Hospital said – “He is just one in a million. He had such a difficult start in life so to succeed as he has is tremendous.”

You can see Tony’s Just Giving Page HERE.



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