Sofia was then transferred to Manchester and spent 2 weeks in ITU where her life hung in the balance, each day. She fought each daily challenge, one at a time, despite being in an induced coma for the first few days.
Once Sofia was stable enough, she was transferred to Booth Hall Children's Hospital where the extent of the damage to her body became more and more apparent.
We lived at the hospital for several months, with daily, painful dressing changes, debridements, operations, skin grafts for Sofia. The damage to her lower limbs was much worse than had been anticipated, due to the lack of blood flow to her extremities, and It was decided that the only thing to do was amputate her left leg below the knee. But a battle to save her right leg was ultimately successful, and Sofia bounced back after several operations.
It took about a year for her to build up enough strength to walk again, and she spent most of her time in a wheelchair.