A bubbly little boy who ‘died seven times’ while battling a devastating stroke has been honoured for his bravery.
Mother Sally Birch was told her 11-month-old son Levi Richards would never walk or talk after suffering a bout of pneumococcal meningitis.
The disease sparked a seizure and then a full-blown stroke but medics at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, kept him alive despite his heart stopping seven times.
Levi, from St Budeaux, was left suffering from hemiplegia cerebral palsy, which means he has weakness on his right side, is deaf and has learning difficulties.
Now aged nine, however, he has defied doctors predictions by growing into a happy, outgoing little boy who plans to run a half-marathon and become a paralympic swimmer.
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