Six-year-old loses leg

Theo Ball was travelling with his mother and three brothers on the M6 last Sunday when the car flipped and landed on its roof
Theo Ball was travelling with his mother and three brothers on the M6 last Sunday when the car flipped and landed on its roof
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A SIX year old boy who lost his leg in an horrific crash on the M6 at Wigan has been described as a “true inspiration”.

Theo Ball was travelling with his mother and three brothers on the motorway between junctions 26 and 27 last Sunday when the car flipped and landed on its roof.

He was freed from the wreckage and airlifted to hospital where surgeons battled to save his right leg.

Sadly for the youngster, doctors had no choice but to amputate his limb at the knee the next day.

Miraculously, the rest of the family escaped with cuts and bruises.

Now as Theo recovers in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, his family, who live in South Shore, Blackpool, have spoken of the youngster’s courage.

His auntie Louise Lavery said: “We are all astounded at how brave Theo has been, he’s been incredible and a true inspiration.

“The family have been devastated by what’s happened but we are extremely thankful too because we know it could have been so much worse.

“We were all travelling to a Palm Sunday service in Widnes as part of a convoy when the crash happened, it was just horrific.

“Waiting to see if surgeons could save his leg was terrible, but we are all so proud of how he has coped.”

Police are still investigating what caused the crash on the southbound side of the motorway.

The M6 was closed for several hours in both directions close to Wigan near where the crash happened, and surrounding roads were gridlocked while emrgency crews attended to the young victim.

Theo is now due to undergo an extra operation so doctors can take skin grafts.

The family say they have been overwhelmed by the messages of support they have received since the accident.

A special group set up on social networking site Facebook called Pray for Theo already has 760 members.

Mrs Lavery added: “We have a huge family, Theo has 20 cousins so everybody has been rallying round him.

“He has actually been making jokes about his leg and although it’s very emotional for his parents, it has really comforted the family.

“We have had an incredible amount of support from friends and the community wanting to know how they can donate and help Theo along.

“We are just committed to thinking in practical terms to see what we can do to support him as he adapts to his injury.”

Theo’s parents Jenny and Martyn have maintained a bedside vigil since he was admitted.

He has also had a few other special visitors as players from Liverpool FC toured the wards to donate Easter eggs.