Morning show viewers left in tears on appearance of 3-year-old boy, who was a victim to physical abuse at home and lost both his legs

by Shariq Vohra

Viewers of This Morning show were left in tears as a 3-year-old boy, who was crippled by his birth parents, appeared on the show. He appeared with his adoptive parents, who are now rebuilding his life.

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Viewers of the show were left in tears after seeing three-year-old Tony. (Image source: Twitter/This Morning)

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Tony’s adoptive parents have rebuilt his life. (Image source: Twitter/This Morning)

Little Tony appeared on the show with his adoptive parents, Paula and Mark Hogell, after his birth parents abused him so badly that he lost his legs.

When Tony was only about 41 days old, he was swung around by his parents from his ankles. fracturing his bones. He was admitted to the hospital with multiple organ failure and sepsis as a result of the leg fracture and was ‘seconds away’ from death.

After four months, in March 2015, Tony was discharged from the hospital and placed under the care of Paula and Mark Hogell, from Kings Hill in Kent.

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When Tony was only about 41-days-old, he was swung around by his parents from his ankles. (Image source: Twitter/This Morning)

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Tony suffered from multiple organ failure and sepsis as a result of the leg fracture. (Image source: Twitter/This Morning)

At the time, little Tony still used to pay weekly (three two-hour long) visits to his birth parents, 47-year-old Tony Smith and 24-year-old Jody Simpson. The two are sorry for their actions and have stated that the injuries caused were accidental.

The Crown Prosecution Service dropped the charges against Smith and Simpson due to lack of evidence available. However, Paula and Mark petitioned their MP and the local police crime commissioner, which led to the birth parents being jailed for ten years in February 2018.

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Tony still paid three two-hour long visits every week to his birth parents. (Image source: Twitter/This Morning)

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The three-year-old was given under the care of Paula and Mark Hogell in March 2015. (Image source: Twitter/This Morning)

Little Tony appeared on This Morning show and gave an inspiring interview with his adoptive parents, whom viewers labeled as ‘incredible’.

Paula said in the interview, “I was given very little background other than his limbs were broken, which I thought… ‘bones mend’. Seeing him initially with two plaster casts on his legs, I thought they would just mend. His big brown eyes, he was tiny, so tiny.”

“[After hearing more details of the injuries] I just broke down in tears and said ‘I can’t listen anymore’. It wasn’t what I was expecting,” she added.

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Paula said “(After hearing more details of the injuries) I just broke down in tears“. (Image source: Twitter/This Morning)

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Twitter was quick to praise the efforts of Paula and Mark into rebuilding little three-year-old Tony’s life. (Image source: Twitter/This Morning)

Paula revealed it was really hard for Tony to deal with the horrors. She said, “Every time he came back [from meeting his birth parents], he was having night terrors. He didn’t cope very well and that went on for seven months.”

“It was absolutely heartbreaking, I don’t think we’ve cried so many tears,” she added.

Twitter was quick to praise the efforts of Paula and Mark for rebuilding three-year-old Tony’s life.

Gladly, Tony now has a life full of love and care with his adoptive parents, who promise to stay by his side forever.



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