Two days after getting a sore throat, Matthew was dying: Former competitive swimmer lost both legs battling sepsis
On August 2 last year Matthew Parkes and his wife Pamela arrived in Majorca with their four-year-old daughter to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary with a week in the sun.
‘We thought Sophia would love to see where Mummy and Daddy had gone on their honeymoon,’ says Matthew, a 39-year-old former competitive swimmer, who couldn’t wait to start teaching his daughter how to swim in the hotel pool.
But the dream holiday for the family from Cheadle Hulme, near Stockport, soon turned into a nightmare.
On the second day, Matthew and Pamela developed sore throats. Mercifully, Sophia was... read more
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