Super bike would be Grangemouth boy’s best present ever

Marshall and his mum Terri-Lee
Marshall and his mum Terri-Lee

A little Grangemouth boy beat the odds to survive life-threatening injuries and now just wants to ride a bike like his pals.

Toddler Marshall McLaughlin is a happy, free roaming two-and-a-half-year-old but when you look closer you see his tiny left fist is closed and does not move like his right hand.

That’s the most noticeable legacy of the accident which happened when he was only 13 months old.

Mum Terri-Lee Easton said: “He pulled at a bottom drawer and the television fell on top of him. He had a fractured skull and blood on the brain. When we got him to Forth Valley Royal they told us he wasn’t going to make it.”

Marshall was rushed to Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children where he remained in a coma in intensive care for six days.

Miraculously he survived, but his family noticed something wrong with his right side.

Terri-Lee said: “He was just like a newborn baby again and had to re-learn everything, from swallowing to how to sit up.”

Marshall now has limited use of his left side and has to wear a leg brace – not that he lets that stop him. The only thing he finds almost impossible to do is go on a bike.

“We tried to put him on a bike with stabilisers and he just slides off,” said Terri-Lee. “He just doesn’t have the balance. He’s desperate to get out there like everyone else, you can see him feeling left out.”

So the family are now looking to purchase a Quest 88 Kitten Tricycle, which comes complete with a back support and leg straps.

The special bike costs just under £1000 so Terri-Lee and the family are organising a prize bingo and raffle to raise funds. The have already collected £250 and half of what they raise on the night, which is still to be finalised, will go to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children to thank them for looking after Marshall.

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