'I thought I would be planning a funeral': Five-year-old who fell in scalding hot water and suffered 86 per cent burns makes miraculous recovery
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl has made a miraculous recovery after she fell into a bath and scalded 86 per cent of her body.
Tilly Sawford fell into the hot water at her family home in Strelley when she was 15 months old.
She has had to have 321 operations to repair damaged skin – the most recent yesterday. No other child treated in Nottingham has survived such serious burns.
Mother Emma Sawford, 26, of Moore Road, said: "I thought several times that I would be planning a funeral. Doctors told me four or five times that they thought she was going to die.
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"The fact she hasn't is a miracle – I'm so grateful."
Tilly fell into the bath after the hot tap had been turned on by one of her older brothers.
Mrs Sawford added: "I still remember that day. Her eyes rolled back and she went unconscious with the pain."
Tilly said: "I feel better than I used to, but I get a lot of pain every day."
Ciaran O'Boyle, the surgeon at Nottingham Children's Hospital who operated on Tilly, said her case was the worst he had seen.
"The most remarkable and surprising thing about Tilly is that she survived," he said.
"She is a living triumph."