A LITTLE girl who had her legs, an arm and her fingers amputated after contracting a form of meningitis will spend Christmas with her family this year after overcoming a slim chance of survival.

Bobbie Clark was put into a coma at Royal Blackburn Hospital after being diagnosed with meningococcal b septicaemia in April.

The two-year-old became seriously unwell and developed a dark rash on her arms and legs.

Bobbie, from Mellor, was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for specialist care and her parents, Megan Pye, 25, and Reese Clark, 25, were told the first 90 hours were critical.

Miss Pye said her daughter’s skin colour began to change and her hands and feet turned black.

Doctors decided in order to save the toddler’s life, the blackened areas of her limbs had to be removed.

Miss Pye said her daughter spent a total of 11 days in a coma and a further three months in Stoke and at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital while she gradually recovered.

She said: “We were devastated, our life went from high to drastically low within the blink of an eye.

“We were scared and emotional wrecks.

“It was a blur, we didn’t know what was going to happen to her."

Since her amputations, Bobbie has had to relearn to walk on her knees and uses prosthetic legs for walking outside.

She has also had to relearn how to pick up toys and hold things.

Miss Pye said: “We’ve learned to let her try and find a way of picking herself up if she falls or holding a toy, before just helping her.

“We don’t want her to be mollycoddled and not be independent.”

Due to the intensity of the infection, Bobbie has to go for dialysis and see a kidney specialist, as well as a scar clinic and physiotherapy on a regular basis.

Mr Clark said: “We don’t see her as being disabled, we don’t class her as disabled.

“We want her to be able to grow up and do things other children do.”

Miss Pye said her daughter’s learning skills might be affected but that would only come to light when she starts school.

She said: “I can’t begin to thank all the people whose expert care brought Bobbie back to us.

“The quick action from the GP to alert the ambulance service and for paramedics to administer her with an antibiotic helped save her life.

“During those first hours in April we didn’t think we’d be celebrating Christmas this year with Bobbie, but now we are.”

Miss Pye is raising funds to help support Bobbie in the future, to donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/f6eauh-princess-bobbie?fbclid=IwAR1N7O3yJyr2UFOCPuuCY_w_mGcoIKyR_FHWDiyGD6kTtdw-JTlSEbBd844